Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *lubōną.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈlu.fi.ɑn/, [ˈlu.vi.ɑn]

VerbEdit

lufian

  1. to love
    • late 10th century, Ælfric, "The Second Sunday After Easter"
      Se Hǣlend cwæþ be him, "Iċ eom gōd hierde, and iċ oncnāwe mīne sċēap, and hīe oncnāwaþ mē." Þæt is, iċ lufiġe hīe, and hīe lufiaþ mē.
      Jesus said about himself, "I'm a good shepherd, and I know my sheep, and they know me." In other words, "I love them, and they love me."
    • c. 990, Wessex Gospels, Matthew 6:5
      Þonne ġē ēow ġebidden, ne bēo ġē swelċe līċetteras: þā lufiaþ þæt hīe ġebidden hīe standende on ġesamnungum and strǣta hyrnum, þæt menn hīe ġesēon.
      When you pray, don't be like hypocrites: they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners, where people can see them.

ConjugationEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: love
  • Scots: luve