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berstan

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Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *brestan (with e-r metathesis in West Germanic). Cognate with Old Frisian bersta, Old Saxon brestan (Dutch bersten, barsten), Old High German brestan (German bersten), Old Norse bresta.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈberstɑn/

Verb

berstan (class III strong: 3 singular present birst, 3 singular preterite bærst, preterite plural burston, past participle borsten)

  1. to break, shatter, burst

Conjugation

Class III strong
present singular plural
1st person berste berstaþ
2nd person birst
3rd person birþ, bierþ
subjunctive berste bersten
preterite singular plural
1st person bærst burston
2nd person burste
3rd person bærst
subjunctive burste bursten
imperative singular plural
berst berstaþ
participle present past
berstende (ġe)borsten


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