This verb originally meant 'to scratch, carve'. In west Germanic languages, its meaning started varying following the different dialects. While Old English and Old Saxon kept its meaning 'to carve' and then evolved it into 'to write', Old Dutch, Old Frisian and Old High German kept its 1st meaning 'to scratch' and then evolved it. In Middle Dutch, the verb meant 'to turn, shave, plane' (of wood, as performed by turners) and then gave its modern Dutch meaning 'to argue, quarrel, have a split, strike'. In Dutch, it is no longer current.
|Inflection of wrijten (strong class 1)|
|present tense||past tense|
|1st person singular||wrijt||wreet|
|2nd person sing. (jij)||wrijt||wreet|
|2nd person sing. (u)||wrijt||wreet|
|2nd person sing. (gij)||wrijt||wreet|
|3rd person singular||wrijt||wreet|