Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *galīkaz, equivalent to ġe- +‎ līċ. Cognate with Old Frisian līk, Old Saxon gilīk, Old Dutch *gilīk, Old High German gilīh, Old Norse líkr, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌻𐌴𐌹𐌺𐍃 (galeiks).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ġelīċ

  1. like, similar; the same (meaning 'alike', not 'identical'), equal
    Handa and fēt bēoþ ġelīċe.
    Hands and feet are similar.
    Tīd is wætre ġelīcu, and þæt wæter is cōl and dēop swā swā mīn āgen ġewitt.
    Time is like water, and the water is cool and deep like my own consciousness.
    Hīe wǣron ġelīcran wilddēorum þonne mannum.
    They were more like wild animals than people.
    Þū eart eallum ōðrum ġelīcost.
    You're just like (lit. most like) everybody else.
    Þīnne wer þū cyst on weoloras. Iċ cysse his earsþȳrel. Ne sind wit nā ġelīca.
    You kiss your husband on the lips. I kiss his asshole. We are not the same.
    Fela sind weorolda, ac hīe ealla dǣlaþ ġelīcne heofon. Ān heofon, ān wyrd.
    There are many worlds, but they all share the same sky—one sky, one destiny.
    Eall nīetenu sind ġelīcu, ac sumu nīetenu sind ġelīcran þonne ōðer.
    All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
    • Life of St. Guthlac
      Se līchama wæs slǣpendum menn ġelīcra þonne dēadum.
      The body looked more like a sleeping person than a dead one.
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "On the Greater Litany"
      Būtan þām ǣhtum, ġelīċe sind þā þe biddaþ and þā þe hīe æt biddaþ.
      Apart from possessions, those who beg are the same as those they beg from.
    • c. 893, King Alfred, Doom Book
      Ġeō wǣron manigu witu māran þonne ōðer. Nū sind eall ġelīcu.
      Before, many fines were more than others. Now they are all equal.
    • c. 900, King Alfred's translation of The Consolation of Philosophy
      Ealle menn hæfdon ġelīcne fruman, for þon hīe ealle cōmon of ānum fæder and of ānre mēder, and ealle hīe bēoþ ġīet ġelīċe ācennede.
      Everyone had the same origin, because we all came from one father and one mother, and all of us are still born equal.

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit