CEORFAN
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Strong
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
CEORFAN
part. ceorfende; ic ceorfe, ðú ceorfest, cyrfst, he ceorfeþ, cyrfþ, pl. ceorfaþ; p. ic, he cearf, ðú curfe, pl. curfon; pp. corfen; v. a. To cut, cut down, hew, rend, tear, CARVE, engrave; secare, concidere, succidere, excidere, conscindere, incidere, infindere He wæs hine sylfne mid stánum ceorfende erat concidens se lapidibus, Mk. Bos. 5, 5. He cearf of heora handa and heora nosa he cut off their hands and their noses, Chr. 1014; Erl. 151, 10. Híg curfon ðone ram eall to sticceon they cut the ram all to pieces, Lev. 8, 20. Corfen cut, Exon. 107b; Th. 410, 24; Rä. 29, 4. Treówa ceorfan to hew trees, Obs. Lun. § 11; Lchdm. iii. 188, 24: Cd. 200; Th. 248, 11; Dan. 511. On wuda treówa mid æxum hí curfon dura in silva lignorum securibus exciderunt januas, Ps. Spl. 73, 7. Curfon hie ðæt moldern of beorhtan stáne they hewed the sepulchre out of bright stone, Rood Kmbl. 132; Kr. 66. Ðú toslite oððe curfe hǽran míne thou hast rent my sackcloth; conscidisti saccum meum, Ps. Spl. 29, 13. Ísene ceorfan to carve or engrave with iron, Past. 37, 3; Hat. MS. 50b, 5. Ceorfende infindens, Cot. 111. [R. Glouc. carf cut: Chauc. corven, pp; Scot. kerf: Plat. karven: Frs. kerven: O. Frs. kerva: Dut. kerven: Ger. M. H. Ger. kerben: Dan. karve: Swed. karfva.] DER. a-ceorfan, be-, for-, of-, ofa-, to-, ymb-.
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