whid

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *whid, from Old English hwiþa, hwiþu (air, breeze) or from Old Norse hviða (gust of wind), both from Proto-Germanic *hwiþō (rush of wind), from Proto-Germanic *hwi- (to rush), from Proto-Indo-European *kwei- (to hiss, whistle, whisper). Cognate with Scots quhid (a squall, blast of wind).

Noun[edit]

whid (plural whids)

  1. A quick motion; a rapid, quiet movement, usually by small game.

Verb[edit]

whid (third-person singular simple present whids, present participle whidding, simple past and past participle whidded)

  1. To move nimbly and with little noise, usually of small game.
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from Old English cwide (word, speech).

Noun[edit]

whid (plural whids)

  1. (obsolete, Scotland) A lie; a falsehood.
  2. (obsolete) A word.
  3. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A quarrel.

Verb[edit]

whid (third-person singular simple present whids, present participle whidding, simple past and past participle whidded)

  1. (obsolete, Scotland, intransitive) To tell a lie.

References[edit]

  • (lie, falsehood; word): 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary