Old English Dictionary

You don't need this dictionary to enjoy reading my novel, The Last Wizard, but it's always fun learning about history. Especially so you can call a younghede waghalter a soiled codpiece and get away with it.

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ART: Are.

BESEECH: Request, ask.

BESOUGHT: Asked, made request.

BETWIXT: Between.

BREEDBATE: A person or something that creates strife.

BUGLE-BEARD: A shaggy beard like buffalo hair.

CANST: Can.

CODPIECE: A covering flap or pouch that attaches to the front of the crotch of men’s trousers.

COSH: A small cottage, hut.

DOST: Do, does.

DRETCH: Torment.

DURST: Dare.

EYNDILL: Jealous.

FLESH-SPADES: Fingernails

FONKIN: a little fool.

FOPDOODLE: A simpleton.

FULLSOME: Rich, plentiful.

GARDEROBE: Medieval toilet.

HUZZAH: Originally a sailor’s cheer or salute. To shout aloud.

HITHER: Here

JUVAMENT: Aid!; Help!

MAW-WALLOP: A badly cooked mess of food.

MERRY-GALL: A sore produced by chafing.

MILDFUL: Merciful.

NARY: None; absolutely nothing; not even close to anything.

NAUGHT: Nothing.

OVERMANY: A lot.

PUDH: Horrible.

SHALL or SHALT: Will.

SHAN’T: Won’t

THEE, THOU: you.

THINE, THY: your.

THITHER: there.

TROW: To think or suppose.

VASQUINE: A petticoat .

WAGHALTER: A rogue likely to swing in a gallows.

WHENCE: where

WHIFLING: An insignificant creature.

WHISTERSNEFET: A blow to the ear.

WIDDERSHINS: Unlucky, prone to misfortune.

WIST: Knew.

WIT: To know, know.

WOODNESS: Madness, insanity.

YE: You

YORE: years ago.

YOUNGHEDE: A youth.

 

LIST COURTESY OF:

 

http://www.ibequeaththee.com/oldenglish.html

 

http://web.cn.edu/KWHEELER/documents/ME_Wordlist-London.pdf

 

http://web.cn.edu/KWHEELER/resource_medieval_lit.html

 

http://myspellit.com/lang_old_english.html

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_6459675_speak-old-english.html

 

http://www.citrus.k12.fl.us/staffdev/social%20studies/PDF/Medieval%20English.pdf

 

 

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