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Common Germanic: Old English cýðan (Middle English cüþen, kyþen, kiþen, keþen). Old Saxon kûðian.


kythe (third-person singular simple present kythes, present participle kything, simple past and past participle kythed)

  1. To make known in words; to announce, proclaim, declare, tell.
    • 725. Corpus Glossary (1150). Intimandum to cyðenne.
    • 1000. West Saxon Gospels (John, xvii. 26). Ic him cyðde ðinne naman & gyt wylle cyþan.
  2. To make known by action, appearance; to manifest, show, prove, demonstrate, indicate.
    • 1175. Lambeth Manuscript (99). Elches monnes weorc cuðað [printed cuðan] hwilc gast hine wissað.
    • 1385. Geoffrey Chaucer, Legend Good Women (Prologue, 492). Sche kytheth what she is.
  3. Alternative form of kithe

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.