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To make someone feel annoyed or resentful. Old English “gealle”=a sore on a horse (which would be painful and annoying).

To give someone something of great value. Middle English “bistowen”=put in place < Old English “be-“=intensifier + “stowen”=to place.

Unable to walk as a result of an injury or illness. Old English “lama”=infirm, disabled < Old Germanic “*lamo-“=weak.

To drag up weeds, mud etc. from a river. Scottish “dreg-boat” (a boat for dredging) < possibly Old English “*drecg”=to drag.

To tear the skin off a corpse. Old English “flean” < Old Germanic "*flahan."

Low down in position; under. Old English “nithera”=lower, bottom < Proto-Indo-European "*ni-"=down.

Long pointed tooth that sticks out from a closed mouth. Old English “tusc”=tooth.

A strong, foul, unpleasant smell. Old English “stenc”=smell < Germanic “*stinkw-“

To make something last longer by using it sparingly (usually found in “eke out”). Old English “ecan”=to lengthen, increase.

Traditions and knowledge passed down orally within a group. Old English “lar”=teaching, instruction < Old Germanic “*laizâ”=learn.