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Middle EnglishEdit

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hefig

  1. (chiefly early) Alternative form of heuy

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *habīgaz, from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (take, seize). Germanic cognates include Old Saxon hevig, Dutch hevig, Old High German hebig, Old Norse hǫfigr. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin capere, Old Irish cacht, Albanian kap (grip), Slavic *xopiti (Old Church Slavonic хапѭште (xapjǫšte), Russian ха́пать (xápatʹ)), Baltic *kap- (Lithuanian kàpteleti, Latvian kàmpt (bite)).

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hefiġ

  1. heavy
    Eorþe is hefige oðrum gesceaftum: earth is heavier than the other elements.
  2. oppressive, serious
    Hit swiðe hefegu scyld is: it is a very grievous crime.
  3. important
    Wé mágon geþencean ðæt ðæt hefigre is ðæt man mid synnum him sylfum geearnige edwít: we may consider, what is more important, that with sins a man may get disgrace for himself

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