hwæt

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Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷos, *kʷod. Cognates include Old Frisian hwet (West Frisian wat), Old Saxon hwat (Low German wat), Dutch wat, Old High German hwaz (German was), Old Norse hvat (Danish hvad, Swedish vad), Gothic 𐍈𐌰. The Indo-European root also led to the Latin quod, Lithuanian kàd, and Irish cad.

PronounEdit

hwæt n

  1. what
  2. anything

DeclensionEdit

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InterjectionEdit

hwæt

  1. what!, listen!, hark!, lo!
    • Lines 1-3 of Beowulf:
      Hwæt! Wé gárdena in géardagum / þéodcyninga þrym gefrúnon / hú ðá æþelingas ellen fremedon
      Lo! the Spear-Danes’ glory through splendid achievements / The folk-kings’ former fame we have heard of / How princes displayed then their prowess-in-battle.

AdverbEdit

hwæt

  1. now, indeed

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