DELFAN
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Verb
Verb Class: Strong
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
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DELFAN
ic delfe, ðú delfest, dilfst, he delfeþ, dilfþ, pl. delfaþ; p. ic, he dealf, ðú dulfe, pl. dulfon; subj. delfe, pl. delfen; p. dulfe, pl. dulfen; pp. dolfen; v. a. To dig, dig out, DELVE; fŏdĕre, effŏdĕre Ne mæg ic delfan fŏdĕre non văleo, Lk. Bos. 16, 3. Ongan he eorþan delfan he began to dig the earth, Elen. Kmbl. 1655; El. 829. Ic delfe fŏdio, Ælfc. Gr. 28, 6; Som. 32, 45. Ðǽr þeófas hit delfaþ ubi fures effŏdiunt, Mt. Bos. 6, 19, 20: Exon. 111 b; Th. 427, 27; Rä. 41, 97. Ic dealf ðisne pytt ego fodi pŭteum istum, Gen. 21, 30. Se dealf deópe qui fodit in altum, Lk. Bos. 6, 48. Wæterpyttas ðe ge ne dulfon wells which ye dug not, Deut. 6, 11. Hí dulfon áne mycle díc they dug a great ditch, Chr. 1016; Erl. 155, 22: Ex. 7, 24: Ps. Lamb. 21, 17: Ps. Th. 56, 8. Swelce hwá delfe eorþan as if any one should dig the earth, Bt. 40, 6; Fox 242, 5. Gif se delfere ða eorþan nó ne dulfe if the digger had not dug the earth, 40, 6; Fox. 242, 7. [Prompt. delvyn' fŏdĕre: Wyc. delue: Piers P. delven: Chauc. delve: Laym. dælfen, deluen: Orm. dellfeþþ burieth: Plat. dölben: O. Sax. bi-delƀan to bury: Frs. dollen: O. Frs. delva, dela: Dut. delven: Ger. delben: M. H. Ger. tëlben: O. H. Ger. bi-telban sepelīre.] DER. a-delfan, be-, ge-, of-, þurh-, under-, upa-, úta-.
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