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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English ȝedding, ȝeddynge, from Old English ġiedding, ġiddung, ġeddung (utterance, saying, prophecy, song, poetry, poetical recitation, meter), from ġieddian (to speak formally, discuss, speak with alliteration, recite, sing), equivalent to yed +‎ -ing.


yedding (plural yeddings)

  1. (obsolete) A song, especially the song of a minstrel.
  2. (obsolete or historical) A popular tale or romance, or a song embodying a popular tale or romance.
    • 2013, Marcelle Theibaux, The Writings of Medieval Women, 2nd Edition: An Anthology:
      By the fifteenth century a yedding is glossed as a romance.

Etymology 2[edit]

From yed.



  1. present participle of yed

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English eorþing (burial, digging), from eorþien (to bury, dig), from eorþe (earth), equivalent to earth +‎ -ing. Possibly influenced by Middle English earding (habitation, dwelling), from eard (dwelling, habitation), from Old English eard (native soil, native land, native country, country, province, region, place of residence, dwelling, home, dwelling place, estate, cultivated ground). More at earth.

Alternative forms[edit]


yedding (plural yeddings)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A burrow; a mole or rabbit hole.