mægþ

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *magaþs, from Proto-Indo-European *mogʷʰótis ‎(girl), feminine form of *mogʰus ‎(boy) (whence magu, mǣġ).

Cognate with Old Saxon magað, Old High German magad (German Magd), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌲𐌰𐌸𐍃 ‎(magaþs), Dutch maagd.

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mæġþ f ‎(nominative plural mæġþ or mæġþe)

  1. girl; virgin, maiden, woman, wife
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Etymology 2[edit]

From mæg ‎(kin) +‎ ‎(suffix forming abstract nouns). Compare the formation of modern English kindred.

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mǣġþ f ‎(nominative plural mǣġþa or mǣġþe)

  1. family, kindred
  2. a tribe or nation

Etymology 3[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *maigiþō ‎(shamelessness, wantonness, wickedness), from *maigaz ‎(wicked, shameless).

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mǣgþ f ‎(nominative plural mǣgþe)

  1. importunate desire; ambition; greed
  2. power, greatness
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