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From Dutch overlijden, from Middle Dutch overliden, from Old Dutch overlīthan; analyzable as oor +‎ ly.


oorly (present oorly, present participle oorlydende, past participle oorly)

  1. to die

Usage notes[edit]

  • The present participle is barely attestable; sterwende will be used instead.
  • Alongside regular het oorly, this verb has an alternative irregular past tense is oorlede:
Dit is die huis waar hy op die ouderdom van 80 jaar oorlede is. — “This is the house where he died at the age of 80.”
  • The above construction refers to the past and is clearly verbal. Beyond this, oorlede can also be an adjective in a phrase like the following:
Hy is al lank oorlede. — “He has long been dead.