Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-West Germanic *ald, from Proto-Germanic *aldaz, from Proto-Indo-European *altós, *h₂eltós, a suffixed form of *al- (grow, nourish), *h₂el-.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /æ͜ɑld/, [æ͜ɑɫd]

AdjectiveEdit

eald (comparative ieldra, superlative ieldest)

  1. old
    eald eart þū?
    How old are you?
  2. ancient
    on ealdum dagum
    in ancient times
  3. (in compounds) original
    Ealdseaxanthe continental Saxons
  4. grand-
    mīn ealde mōdor and mīn ealda fæder
    my grandma and grampa

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DescendantsEdit

  • Middle English: ald, eald, eld, old