delfan

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *delbaną. Cognate with Old Frisian delva, Old Saxon bidelban (Dutch delven), Old High German bitelban.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdelfɑn/, [ˈdelvɑn]

VerbEdit

delfan

  1. to dig, delve
    Ongan he eorþan delfan: he began to dig the earth. (Codex Vercellensis)
  2. to dig up, to excavate

ConjugationEdit

Derived termsEdit

  • ādelfan — to delve, dig, excavate
  • bedelfan — to dig round, bury, bedelve
  • fordelfan — to delve, dig
  • þurhdelfan — to dig through, pierce
  • underdelfan — to dig under, undermine, break through
  • ūpādelfan — to dig up
  • ūtādelfan — to dig out
Last modified on 3 December 2013, at 20:48