EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English wēlden, which combines forms from two closely related verbs: Old English wealdan (to control, rule) (strong class 7) and Old English wieldan (to control, subdue) (weak). The reason for the merger was that in Middle English the -d in the stem made it hard to distinguish between strong and weak forms in the past tense. Both verbs ultimately derive from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule).[1]

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

wield (third-person singular simple present wields, present participle wielding, simple past and past participle wielded)

  1. (obsolete) To command, rule over; to possess or own.
  2. (obsolete) To control, to guide or manage.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.10:
      With such his chearefull speaches he doth wield / Her mind so well, that to his will she bends [].
  3. (obsolete) To carry out, to bring about.
  4. To handle with skill and ease, especially a weapon or tool.
  5. To exercise (authority or influence) effectively.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ wield, verb.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2021.

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Saterland FrisianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

wield (inflected wielde)

  1. Alternative spelling of wíeld

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English wieldan (to control), a derivative of wealdan (to govern), from Proto-Germanic *waldaną. Cognate with German walten, Swedish vålla.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

wield

  1. To control, to guide or manage.