From Proto-West Germanic *diubul [ˈdiu̯.βul], from Latin diabolus. Cognate with Old Frisian diōvel, Old Saxon diuƀal, Old High German tiufal. The Old High German word, whose expected form would be *tiubal, might have adopted its -f- by association with tiof (“deep”).
- the Devil, Satan
- Þone dēofol man mæġ ġefōn, ac hē ne mæġ hine lange healdan.
- You can catch the Devil, but you can't hold him for long.
- a demon
- This word can sometimes be masculine in the singular, though it is almost always neuter in the plural.
- In the sense "THE Devil", i.e. Satan, it can be used either with or without a definite article.