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From Middle English wrixlen, from Old English wrixlan, wixlan (to change, exchange, reciprocate), from Proto-Germanic *wihslijaną, *wihslōną (to change), from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-, *weyḱ- (to change). Cognate with Scots wissel (to exchange, barter), Dutch wisselen (to exchange, barter, swap), German wechseln (to change, switch), Icelandic víxl (cross, interchange), Latin vicis (change, alteration, diversity, reciprocity).


wrixle (third-person singular simple present wrixles, present participle wrixling, simple past and past participle wrixled)

  1. (obsolete) To exchange.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To alter, as one's mind or mental faculties; effect a change in.
  3. (obsolete) To exchange opinions; speak one's mind; share thoughts; communicate.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To envelop, wrap; confuse; confound.

Usage notes[edit]

Fell out of common usage in the 16th century. Was somewhat common in the 14th and 15th centuries. Survives in dialects in the form of wissle.