lic (plural lics)
- Abbreviation of .
- dead body, corpse
- Ōga cwæþ þæt hē wisse hwǣr þæt līċ bebyrġed wǣre.
- Oga said he knew where the body was buried.
- (rare outside of poetry) body (living or dead)
- Līką was the general word for "body" in Proto-Germanic (as still in Gothic), but by the time of written Old English, līċ has come to mean a dead body specifically, and the general word for "body" is līchama.
- The older sense “body (living or dead)” is preserved mainly in poetry and in certain compounds such as līcþēote (“pore,” literally “body pipe”). Some other compounds even preserve the yet older sense “form,” otherwise totally obsolete: eoforlīċ (“bore figure,” e.g. a boar crest on a helmet). See also the derived terms -līċ → Modern English -ly and ġelīċ → like, which both originally meant “formed” or “shaped” at some point in Proto-Germanic.
Declension of lic (strong-a-stem)
- ġelīċ (“like, similar”)
- -līċ (adjective-forming suffix: “-y, -ly, -like”)
- līchama (“body”)
- līcian (“to please,” impersonal: “to like”)
- līctūn (“cemetery”)
- līcþeġnung (“funeral”)
- līcþēote (“pore”)
- dative of