cweþan
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cweþan
. I. add: (1 a) where the words or sounds to be spoken are given Se biscop hine hét stafa naman cweðan: 'Cweð nú á'; ðá cwæð hé á, Bd. 5, 2; Sch. 558, 22. 'Hwí ðú úre goda biggencgas forseó' ... 'Ne cwæð ðú ná goda, ac gramlicra deofla' (say not gods' (worship), but cruel devils'), Hml. S. 8, 59. (2 a) to use a particular phrase :-- Wé cweðað níwne mónan, ac hé is ǽfre se ylca, Lch. iii. 242, 15. 3. where the subject of discourse is object of the verb, to tell, speak of. Cf. secgan; II 2.: sprecan; III c. Swá cwæð eardstapa ... winemǽga hryre, Wand. 6. v. mis-cweþan.
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