ǽr
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Adverb, Conjunction
Related §§ in Wright's OE Grammar:
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
ǽr
adv. I. positive, 1. early Swýþe ǽr in dagunge primo diluculo, Bd. 4, 23; S. 596, 17. Swýþe ǽr on morgen, Ps. Th. 45, 5. 2. expressing readiness, quickness, soon Sweord ǽr gebrǽd gúðcyning, B. 2562. Hé wel ǽr árás . . . Se apostol cwæð tó him: 'For hwon árise ðú swá hraðe?, Gr. D. 227, 4. Nýtenu etað swá ǽr swá hí hit habbað, Hml. S. 16, 317. Ðú wilt higian ðon ǽr ðe ðú hine ongitest, Bt. 11, 2; F. 34, 8. Ðonne ǽr ðe hé ðæt gewealdleþer forlǽt . . ., ðonne forlǽtaþ hí ðá sibbe, 21; F. 74, 31. II. cpve. 1. earlier, before Dæge ǽr pridie, Wrt. Voc. ii. 68, 50. Ǽr dudum, ante, An. Ox. 1920: jam, 5483. Ǽr ðonne hé, B. 1182. Gefyrn ǽr jam, An. Ox. 56, 93. Ǽr gefyrn, Cri. 63. Ǽr oððe æfter, 1692. Ǽr biforan, 468: El. 1132. [See also síþ in Dict.] ¶ on ǽr previously, beforehand :-- Drihten ðe on ǽr wát eal ðæt tóweard is, Lch. iii. 436, 20:Hml. Th. i. 114, 3: Chr. 1067; P. 201, 26. Hé wolde warnian on ǽr, Gen. 6, 6. Fela þing wiste se hálga wer on ǽr, lange ǽr hí gelumpon, Hml. S. 31, 788. (1 a) making present perfect and preterite pluperfect :-- Redic ete ǽr, ne mæg ðé nán man áttre áwyrdan if you have eaten radish, nobody can injure yon by poison, Lch. ii. 110, 10. Ðæt feoh ðæt hí ǽr lǽfdon the money they had left (when they were spending before, v. l. 200), Hml. S. 23, 213. Wáron ðǽre hlǽddre stapas áléfede on ǽr the steps of the ladder had been weakened, 31, 602. 2. marking readiness, sooner Ic nóht ðon ǽr blon I stopped none the sooner, Bd. 5, 6; S. 619, 15. Náhte ðý ǽr, Gr. D. 152, 17. ¶ with correlative conjunction. v. ǽr; conj. 1. before Hié ǽr flugon, ǽr hié tógædere geneálǽcten, Ors. 4, 6; S. 170, 24: Past. 433, 28. Ðæt hé hié forceorfe ǽr, ǽr hié on ðá eágan feallen, 141, 10. Hé wolde on ǽr ðæt godspell áwrítan, ǽr ðám ðe hé gewende him fram, Hml. S. 15, 139. 2. sooner Manegum men is leófre ðæt hé ǽr swelte, ǽr hé geseó his wíf and his bearn sweltende, Bt. 10; F. 28, 39. Ǽr ic mé sylfne ofsleá, ǽr ðon ic sende míne hond on ðás fǽmnan, Shrn. 130, 26. III. superlative (ǽrest), first Ðú meaht ǽlcne unðeáw on ðǽm men ǽresð be sumum tácnum ongietan . . . ǽr hé hit mid wordum cýðe, Past. 157, 19. Tó hwilces tíman se steorra him ǽrst æteówode, Hml. Th. i. 78, 18. Ǽst of ánre byrig, ðonne of óðerre, Ors. 3, 7; S. 112, 22. Hé angan tó smeágenne ǽrest þinga hú hé his líf gerihtlǽcan meahte, Lch. iii. 438, 29: Ll. Th. ii. 316, 11. v. ǽror.
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