orþanc

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See also: orðanc

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *uzþankaz, equivalent to or- +‎ þanc. Cognate with Old High German urdank.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈorˌθɑnk/, [ˈorˌθɑŋk]

Adjective[edit]

orþanc

  1. cunning, skillful
    • Maxims II, 1-2
      Cyning sceal rice healdan. Ceastra beoð feorran gesyne,
      orðanc enta geweorc, þa þe on þysse eorðan syndon [...]
      A king must hold a kingdom. Cities will be seen from afar,
      the cunning work of the giants; those on this earth are [...]

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Noun[edit]

orþanc m

  1. intelligence, skill, cunning, understanding
  2. something made cunningly or skillfully

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: orthanc, orðanc