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wadan

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Old English

Etymology

From Germanic *wadan, from Indo-European *wadh-, *wedh-. Cognate with Old Frisian wada, Middle Dutch wāden (Dutch waden), Old High German watan (German waten), Old Norse vaða (Icelandic vaða, Swedish vada). The IE root is also the source of Latin vadere (to go), vadum (a ford).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈwɑdɑn/

Verb

wadan (class VI strong: third-person singular present wadaþ, third-person singular preterite wōd, preterite plural wōdon, past participle (ġe)waden)

  1. to go, to advance, to travel
    Wod þa wiges heard, wæpen up ahof: a battle-hard man advanced, raised up his weapon. (Battle of Maldon)

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