CÁF
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
CÁF
comp, ra, re; sup. est, ost; adj. Quick, sharp, prompt, nimble, swift; acer, celer, præceps Ðá geseah Iohannes sumne cniht swíðe glæd on móde and on anginne cáf there John saw a certain youth very cheerful in mind and quick in design, Ælfc. T. 33, 17: R. Ben. 7: Fulg. 9. Cáf præceps, Glos. Prudent. Recd. 143, 32. Hét ðá hǽleða hleó healdan ða bricge wígan wígheardne cáfne then the defence [the chief] of the soldiers commanded a warrior, hardy in battle and nimble, to defend the bridge, Byrht. Th. 133, 66; By. 76. Ðæt hí sceoldon beón cáfe [MS. caue] to Godes willan that they might be prompt for God's will, Homl. Th. ii. 44, 31. Sume earniaþ ðæt hie síen ðý cáfran some merit that they may be the more nimble, Bt. 34, 7; Fox 144, 8. [R. Brun. kof boisterous: Relq. Ant. W. i. 212, 8, cof: Orm. kafe bold: O. Nrs. á-kafr promptus, velox.] DER. beadu-cáf. v. cífan.
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