Open main menu

Old EnglishEdit


From Proto-Germanic *lagjaną, a causative form of *ligjaną (Old English licgan), from Proto-Indo-European *legʰ-. Compare Old Frisian ledza, lega, leia, Old Saxon leggian, Old Dutch leggen, Old High German leggen, Old Norse leggja, Gothic 𐌻𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (lagjan).




  1. to put or place
    leġde þā tange eft on þone tōlbox.I put the pliers back in the toolbox.
    leġde his sċēatcodd on þone bēod.He placed his wallet on the table.
    Synonyms: settan, dōn
  2. to bury (a person)
    • Peterborough Chronicle, year 1075
      Ēadgȳþ forþfērde on Wintanċeastre, seofon nihtum ǣr Cristesmæssan, and se cyning hīe lēt bringan tō Westmynstre mid miċelum weorþsċipe, and leġde hīe wiþ Ēadweard cyning hiere hlāford.
      Edith passed away in Winchester, a week before Christmas, and the king had her brought to Westminster with great honor, and buried her by King Edward her lord.
  3. to lay (an egg)
    Þæt ċicen leġde ǣġ ǣlċe dæġe.The chicken laid an egg every day.


Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit