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From Old English ġehende.


hende (comparative more hende, superlative most hende)

  1. (obsolete) Near, close at hand, handy.
  2. (obsolete) Courteous, gracious.
    • Late 14th century: Oure Hoost þo spak, “A, sire, ye sholde be hende / And curteys, as a man of youre estaat” — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Friar's Prologue’, Canterbury Tales (OUP 1988, p. 122)
    • 14th century: And if he were so hende and so wis / Þat she ne myȝt al abate his pris, / Yit wolde she blame his worþynesse / Or by hir wordis make it lesse. — Geoffrey Chaucer, The Romaunt of the Rose (OUP 1988, p. 689-90)



hende (nominative hun, possessive hendes)

  1. (personal) objective case of hun, meaning her

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