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See also: mægþ- and maegth

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Old EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *magaþs, from Proto-Indo-European *mogʷʰótis (girl), feminine form of *mogʰus (boy) (whence magu, mǣġ).

Cognate with Old Saxon magað, Old High German magad (German Magd), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌲𐌰𐌸𐍃 (magaþs), Dutch maagd.

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mæġþ f (nominative plural mæġþ or mæġþe)

  1. girl; virgin, maiden, woman, wife
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Etymology 2Edit

From mǣġ (kin) +‎ (suffix forming abstract nouns). Compare the formation of modern English kindred.

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mǣġþ f (nominative plural mǣġþa or mǣġþe)

  1. family, kindred
  2. a tribe or nation

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Etymology 3Edit

From Proto-Germanic *maigiþō (shamelessness, wantonness, wickedness), from *maigaz (wicked, shameless).

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mǣgþ f (nominative plural mǣgþe)

  1. importunate desire; ambition; greed
  2. power, greatness
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