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    Some Old English Words

    Some Old English Words
    art - are
    bequeath (one of my personal favorites) - To give or leave by will; to hand down.
    beseech - request, ask.
    besought – asked, made request. (past tense of beseech)
    betwixt – between.
    canst - can.
    cometh – comes, or coming.
    Submitted by Queen of Terabithia

    dearth - (durth) scarcity or scant supply of anything; want or lack.
    dost - do, does.
    draught or draft – Can mean the act of pulling or drawing loads; a pull or haul; a team of animals for pulling a load; the drawing in of a fish net; the bunch of fish that were drawn in by the net; but… your typical Rennie will prefer one of these usages: the act of inhaling; that which is inhaled; or, the number one definition for common folk everywhere: the drawing of a liquid from its receptacle, as of ale from a cask!!!!
    durst – Dare; to have the necessary boldness or courage for something.
    fere - friend, companion.
    fullsome - rich, plentiful.
    hath - equivalent of modern has.
    Submitted by M.G. of Oneida, Wisconsin
    henceforth - from now on.
    Submitted by L. Strass
    hither - here.
    huzzah - Huzza or huzzah is first recorded in 1573. According to a number of writers in the 17th and 18th centuries, it was originally a sailor's cheer or salute. (Old French, huzzer, “to shout aloud;” German, hussah!)
    Submitted by John Of www.renaissancefestival.com
    mere - An expanse of water; lake; pool.
    Submitted by The Lady Mellisa of Pt. Charlotte
    midst – Middle, or among. e.g., "in the midst of the storm…
    nary - None; absolutely nothing; not even close to anything.
    Submitted by Jester Bumbledumb of Drunkonia

    The good Jester also included an example of the word's usage:
    "Thou dost hast nary an inkling on coveting thine lady."

    And for the fullness of your understanding, this modern translation of the above phrase:
    "You wouldn't know how to please a babe if you spent 10 years on the set of Oprah!"

    naught – Nothing. (Did you know our modern word “not” is actually an abbreviated form of this Olde-English word, which was itself a shortened form of “no whit” or “not a whit”?)

    onuppan - above.
    Submitted by Callum Ellis Mennie


    overmany - a lot.
    Submitted by Kaylia White

    pece - silverware, fork.
    Submitted by Kylaa

    prithee - contracted form of "I pray thee", i.e., I ask of you, I beseech thee, etc.
    proby - apprentice.
    Submitted by Sire Kyle

    pudh - horrible.
    Rennies - Renaissance fanatics; also people who are addicted to Renaissance Faires, costume, and anything else reminiscent of that era. Alright, this isn’t really an O.E. word at all – it’s a catchy name, though!
    shall or shalt - will
    seek - (O.E. secan, to seek) To go in search or quest of; to look or search for.
    syllan - sell.
    tallt - to stand above others in a snobby way.
    tarry - to linger, deliberate, wait, stay, or pause.
    thou - you
    thee - you
    thine - your
    thither - there.
    thy - your
    trow – To think or suppose. e.g., "Wilt thou labor for naught? I trow not!"
    whence - From where, e.g., "Whence, comest thou?" would translate to the modern "Where do you come from?"
    wax - to grow, to become.
    whither - To where, e.g., "Whither thou goest, I shall go." translates in modern English as "Where you go, I will go."
    wilt – This one is tricky. It can mean very simply, will; but then it could also mean what a flower does without water, or what I do when asked to cook - it all depends on the context…
    wist - knew; past tense of wit, e.g. He wist that his love was coming...
    wit – To know, e.g., Canst thou wit what the day shall bring?
    wrought - done, made, created; e.g. "...see what God hath wrought..."
    Submitted by M.G. of Oneida, Wisconsin
    ye - polite form of thou.
    Submitted by Laura
    yore - years ago.


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    Dear sister Reema
    Thanks a lot for posting these old, classic English terms. I think English learners need to get acquainted with such words so that they can be able to grasp English poetry, epecially classic poems of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
    Best regards
    Abdellatif Rhesri

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