Middle French edit

Etymology edit

From Old French cheoir, from Late Latin cadēre, from Latin cadĕre.

Verb edit


  1. to fall

Synonyms edit

Noun edit

cheoir m (plural cheoirs)

  1. fall (instance of falling)

Descendants edit

  • French: choir

Old French edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Late Latin cadēre, from Latin cadĕre.

Pronunciation edit

  • (archaic) IPA(key): /t͡ʃəˈðei̯ɾ/, (western) /t͡ʃaˈðei̯ɾ/, (northern) /kaˈðei̯ɾ/
  • (classical) IPA(key): /t͡ʃəˈoi̯ɾ/, (western) /t͡ʃaˈei̯ɾ/, (northern) /kaˈei̯ɾ/
  • (late) IPA(key): /ʃ(ə)ˈo̯ɛɾ/, (western) /ʃaˈeɾ/, (northern) /kaˈeɾ/

Verb edit


  1. to fall
  2. to fall out (become detached)
    • 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine):
      Donc il semble par cest exemple que aulcuns soient mezeaux confermés puisque les ongles cheent
      So it seems by this example that some are confirmed lepers because their nails fall out
  3. (impersonal) to happen

Conjugation edit

This verb conjugates as a third-group verb. This verb has a stressed present stem chié distinct from the unstressed stem che, as well as other irregularities. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

Related terms edit

Descendants edit

References edit

  • “Appendix E: Irregular Verbs” in E. Einhorn (1974), Old French: A Concise Handbook, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 151
  • chair on the Anglo-Norman On-Line Hub