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From yfel +‎ -e.


  • IPA(key): /ˈyfele/, [ˈyvele]


yfele (adjective yfel, comparative wyrs, superlative wyrrest)

  1. badly, poorly
    Hē plegode yfele, ac iċ plegode ġīet wyrs.
    He played badly, but I played even worse.
    Þæt ċild ġebǣrde yfele.
    The child behaved badly.
    • c. 900, translation of Bede's Ecclesiastical History
      Līfes bōc and þrōwunge Sancte Anastase martyre, sēo wæs yfele of Crēcisċe on Lǣden ġehwierfed and ġīet wyrs fram sumum unġetȳdum ġerihted, iċ ġerihte swā swā iċ meahte.
      A book on the life and passion of Saint Anastasius, which was poorly translated from Greek into Latin by some illiterate person and then revised even worse, I corrected as well as I could.
  2. evilly, wickedly