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See also: frìth



Etymology 1Edit

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From Middle English, from Old English friþ, friþu (peace, tranquility, security, refuge), from Proto-Germanic *friþuz (peace, reconciliation), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (to like, love). Cognate with Dutch vrede (peace, quiet, tranquility), German Frieden (peace, tranquility), Swedish frid (peace, serenity), Icelandic friður (peace, tranquility). Related to free.


frith (uncountable)

  1. (rare or archaic) Peace; security.
  2. (obsolete) Sanctuary, asylum.

Usage notesEdit

  • (peace): This sense is obsolete, except that it has recently been revived among followers of Heathenry. When used by Heathens, it is fairly synonymous with the slightly less rare English word comity.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English frithien, from Old English friþian (to give frith to, make peace with, be at peace with, cherish, protect, guard, defend, keep, observe), from Proto-Germanic *friþōną (to make peace, secure, protect), from Proto-Indo-European *prēy-, *prāy- (to like, love). Cognate with Scots frethe, freith (to set free, liberate), Danish frede (to have peace, protect, inclose, fence in), Swedish freda (to cover, protect, quiet, inclose, fence in), Icelandic friða (to make peace, preserve).


frith (third-person singular simple present friths, present participle frithing, simple past and past participle frithed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To protect; guard.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To inclose; fence in, as a forest or park.

Etymology 3Edit

From Middle English frith, firth (forest, game preserve), from Old English fyrhþe, fyrhþ (forest, sparse woodland, game preserve), from Proto-Germanic *furhiþja- (fir-wood, forest), from Proto-Indo-European *perkʷu- (coniferous forest, mountain forest, wooded height). Cognate with Old High German forst, foreht (forest), Old Norse fýri (pine-wood, coniferous forest), Old English fyrh (fir, pine). More at forest.


frith (plural friths)

  1. a wood, woodland, forest; undergrowth, brushwood

Etymology 4Edit

See firth.


frith (plural friths)

  1. Alternative form of firth.
  2. (UK) A kind of weir for catching fish.


Scottish GaelicEdit



  1. little, small

Usage notesEdit

  • Always used before the noun it qualifies.
  • Usually used as a prefix.

Derived termsEdit