ídel
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Neuter
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
ídel
es; n. Idleness, vanity, futility, frivolity Ðæt ýdel fét unþeáwas idleness nourishes bad habits, Prov. Kmbl. 1. Ǽlc ýdel fét unhǽlo, 61. Wé lǽraþ ðæt preóstas ðǽr ne geþafian ne ídele spǽce ne ídele dǽde ne ǽnig ídel we enjoin that priests do not permit there [in the church] idle talk or action or any frivolity, L. Edg. C. 26; Th. ii. 250, 27. Gif ðú gesihst manega gét ýdel getácnaþ if thou seest many goats it betokens frivolity, Lchdm. iii. 214, 1. Nys eác mid ídele tó forlǽtenne ðæt wundor ðæt þurh wítedómes cræft hé wiste nor is the miracle, that he knew things by prophetic power, to be lightly dismissed, Guthl. 17; Gdwin. 70, 2 [cf. 76, 10]. Ða ídlo vanitates, Rtl. 162. 32. v. preceding word.
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