leven

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See levin.

Noun[edit]

leven

  1. (obsolete) lightning
    • Chaucer
      Wild thunder dint and fiery leven.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *libben, *livon, from Proto-Germanic *libjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *leip- (leave, cling, linger). Cognate with English live, West Frisian libje, Old Saxon libbian (German Low German lęven (to live)), Old High German lebēn (German leben), Old Norse lifa (Swedish leva), Gothic 𐌻𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (liban).

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Verb[edit]

leven (past singular leefde, past participle geleefd)

  1. to live

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Noun[edit]

leven n (plural levens, diminutive leventje n)

  1. life

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Middle Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Saxon libbian, from Proto-Germanic *libjaną.

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leven

  1. to live

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Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

leven

  1. A lawn; an open space between woods[1]
    • Scott, Minstrelsy; the ballad "Thomas the Rhymer"
      lily leven (a lawn overspread with lilies or flowers)

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

leven

  1. definite singular of lev

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Jamieson's Dict., p.327 (Abridged, 1867)