Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English magan, from Proto-Germanic *maganą.

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɔu̯ən/
  • (Northern ME) IPA(key): /ˈmɑu̯ən/
  • (Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈmaɣən/

VerbEdit

mowen

  1. To be strong or powerful.
  2. (auxiliary) To be able to; to have the capability (to do); can.
  3. (auxiliary) To potentially be able (to do); might.
  4. (auxiliary) To be permitted (to do); may.
  5. (auxiliary) To ought (to do); should.
  6. (auxiliary) Will, would
  7. (auxiliary) As a syntactic marker
Usage notesEdit

As in Modern English, what are historically the past forms of this verb are frequently used with present or even future semantics.

ConjugationEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • English: may
  • Scots: mey, may, ma
ReferencesEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English māwan, from Proto-Germanic *mēaną.

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɔu̯ən/
  • (Northern ME, Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈmɑu̯ən/

VerbEdit

mowen

  1. To mow; to cut or slice off (the tops) of grasses or stalks.
  2. To collect crops using a scythe or similar implement.
ConjugationEdit
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