ofer-sprǽce
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adjective
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ofer-sprǽce
adj. I. speaking too much, talkative, loquacious Se ðe ofersprǽce biþ multiloquio subditus, Past. 15, 6; Swt. 97, 6. Se ofersprǽcea wer vir linguosus, 38, 8; Swt. 279, 21. Ne beo ðú tó oferspréce ac hlyst ǽlces monnes worda swíðe georne ' give every man thy ear, but few thy voice, ' Prov. Kmbl. 58. Salamon cwæþ, ðæt sélre wǽre tó wunigenne mid león and dracan ðonne mid yfelan wífe and ofersprǽcum, Homl. Th. i. 486, 33. Ða . . . ofersprǽcean multiloquio vacantes, Past. 38, 6; Swt. 277, 3 : 38, 1; Swt. 271, 14. [Cf. O. H. Ger. ubarsprácha zungun linguam magniloquum.] II. saying more than is just or true (v. ofer-sprecan) Ða fácnes fullan weoloras and ða ofersprǽcan labia dolosa, Ps. Th. ll, 3. Ða ofersprécan ðe mé yfel cweðaþ qui maligne loquuntur adversum me, 34, 24.
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