wyrm

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old English wyrm. Natural evolution of the Old English term resulted in Modern English worm. The Modern English "wyrm" is a recent lifting directly from the Old English, and it is largely restricted to poetic use. Doublet of worm.

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Noun[edit]

wyrm (plural wyrms)

  1. (mythology) A huge limbless and wingless serpent
  2. (fantasy) A vague term, but it usually refers to huge limbless and wingless serpents
  3. (synonym) A sea serpent

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis. Cognate with Old Frisian wirm, Old Saxon wurm (Dutch worm), Old High German wurm (German Wurm), Old Norse ormr (Swedish orm (serpent)), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌼𐍃 (waurms, worm, serpent). The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin vermis (worm), Lithuanian varmas (midge), Old East Slavic вермие (vermie, locusts, worms), Ancient Greek ῥόμος (rhómos, earthworm) (originally *ϝράμος (wrámos)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wyrm m (plural wyrmas)

  1. a serpent or snake
    quotations:
    • "Me nædre beswac, fah wyrm þurh fægir word" (see references)
  2. a creeping insect, maggot, grub, or worm
    quotations:
    • "Wyrm ðe boraþ treow termes vel teredo" (see references)
  3. a worm or a snake, in the figurative sense of something lowly or despicable
    quotations:
    • "Ic eam wyrm (vermis) and nales mon" (see references)

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Descendants[edit]
  • wyrm (reborrowed from Old English)
  • worm

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