From Middle High German leit, from Old High German leid, from Proto-Germanic *laiþą, related to *laiþaz (“loath”).
Cognate with Dutch leed, English loath. Originally unrelated with the verb leiden (“to suffer”), though the two stems early on began to influence each other. See leid for more.
Leid n (strong, genitive Leides or Leids, no plural)
Declension of Leid [sg-only, neuter, strong]
- leiden (related by secondary association only)
- Leiden (related by secondary association only)
From Middle Low German *lēt, from Old Saxon lioth, from Proto-West Germanic *leuþ. Cognate to Lied n (“song”).
Leid n (plural Leier)
- (Paderbornisch) song