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Middle English[edit]



  1. (Early Middle English) Alternative form of herte

Old English[edit]

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From Proto-Germanic *hertô, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr. Cognate with Old Frisian herte (West Frisian hert), Old Saxon herta (Low German Hart), Old Dutch herte (Dutch hart), Old High German herza (German Herz), Old Norse hjarta (Swedish hjärta), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐍂𐍄𐍉 (hairtō). The Indo-European root is also the source of Greek καρδία (kardía), Latin cor, cordis, Welsh craidd, Russian се́рдце (sérdce), Lithuanian širdis.


  • IPA(key): /ˈheo̯rte/, [ˈheo̯rˠte]


heorte f

  1. heart (muscle)
    Sēo mennisċe heorte is tōdǣled on fēower cōfan.
    The human heart is divided into four chambers.
    Hiere heorte ġeswāc tō slēanne.
    Her heart stopped beating.
  2. heart (seat of emotion)
    Hē āġēat mē his heortan.
    He poured his heart out to me.
    Iċ forspille ǣniġne þe on mīnum weġe stent... furðum mīne āgene heortan, ġif þearf biþ.
    I'll destroy anyone who stands in my way... even my own heart, if need be.


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