sterten

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English sturtan, from Proto-West Germanic *sturtijan (to startle, move, set in motion).

VerbEdit

sterten

  1. to leap
    • c. 1250, Anonymous, "Cuckoo Song" (as printed in Oxford Book of English Verse, 1900):
      Bulluc sterteth
  2. to start
  3. to begin

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: start, (dialectal) sturt
  • Scots: stert, start

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