a) to consider, to ponder
b) to defer from day to day, to procrastinate
c) to make or grow worse; to deteriorate
d) to announce, to presage
Today's Featured Word: NEVE
also NEFE, NEPHE, NEWE
1. a nephew ...c900 obs.
2. a grandson ...c1400 obs.
3. a spendthrift, a squanderer ...c1440 obs. rare
4. a spot or mark on the skin ...1624 obs. rare
for n. 1-3: from Old English nefa a nephew, a grandson, a stepson
for n. 4: from obsolete French neve, or from Latin naevus
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
"Hloþhere feng to biscepdome ofer Wesseaxan ægelbryhtes biscepes nefa."
From: Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
The Parker Manuscript, c900
"...by the which you required me to helpe Tho. Compton,
your nephe, to some honiest ocopation at London..."
From: Plumpton Correspondence:
A Series of Letters, Chiefly Domestick,
Written in the Reigns of Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII, and Henry VIII, 1460-1522
• A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles,
James Murray, 1887-1933
• Lost Beauties of the English Language,
Charles Mackay, 1874
• Oldest Words in the English Language,
Herbert Coleridge, 1862
• A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words,
James Halliwell, 1855
Daily Word Quiz Answer
PEJORATE c) to make or grow worse; to deteriorate; to worsen ...1653