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forsling

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch verslinden, from Old Dutch *farslindan (to devour), from Proto-Germanic *farslindaną, *fraslindaną (to devour), equivalent to for- +‎ Proto-Germanic *slindaną (to devour), from Proto-Indo-European *sel- (to sneak, creep). Cognate with Dutch verslinden (to devour), Middle Low German vorslinden (to devour, eat up), German verschlinden, verschlingen (to devour, swallow up), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐍃𐌻𐌹𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽 (fraslindan, to gobble, swallow, devour).

VerbEdit

forsling (third-person singular simple present forslings, present participle forslinging, simple past forslung or forslong, past participle forslung or forslongen)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To swallow down; gobble up.
    • 1924, William John Thoms, Henry Morley, Roger Bacon, Early English Prose Romances:
      He hath waited by night and day in such wise that he hath stolen so many of my children that of fifteen I have but four, in such wise hath this thief forslongen them.