gál
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
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gál
adj. Light, pleasant, wanton, licentious, wicked; lĕvis, libīdĭnōsus, luxŭriōsus, mălus Ðam unstæððigan and ðam gálan, ðú miht secggan, ðæt he [MS. hi] biþ winde gelícra, ðonne gemetfæstum monnum to the inconstant and the light [man], thou mayest say that he is more like the wind, than modest men, Bt. 37, 4; Fox 192, 23, note 20, MS. Cott. Ðæt he gesáwe ungelíce béc him berende beón þurh ða gódan gástas oððe þurh ða gálan ut cōdĭces diversos per bŏnos sīve mălos spīrĭtus sĭbi vīdĕrit offerri, Bd. 5, 13; S. 633, 25. Gecunnian hwæðer he wǽre god oððe gál to try whether he were good or bad, Gu. 17; Gdwn. 74, 6. [Orm. gal wanton : O. Sax. gél merry : Dut. Ger. geil lustful : M. H. Ger. geil licentious : O. H. Ger. geil lætus, elātus, fĕrox, libīdĭnōsus : Dan. geil wanton : and cf. Icel. gáli a wag.] DER. ealo-gál, hyge-, medu-, rúm-, symbel-, wín-.
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