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To promise that you will stop doing something. Old English “forswerian” < “for-“=verb -forming prefix + “swerian”=to declare solemnly.


A tricky, dishonest ,or deceitful man. Old English “cnafa”=boy or servant.

To prevent or obstruct an event or activity by taking some sort of advance action. Middle English “forestall” meaning “to intercept goods before they go to market” < Old English “foresteall” < “fore”=in front + “steall”=standing place.

A case or receptacle usually having a lid. Old English “box”=a small evergreen tree used to make containers (“box-wood” < Latin “buxus”=boxwood < Greek “piksis”=box-wood.

A short stiff hair that feels rough. Middle English “brustel”=stiff hairs on a wild board, often used to make brushes < Old English “byrst” < Old Germanic “*bors-“=pointed, edge.

To move with a light quivering motion through the air. Old English “flotarian”=to float to and fro < Old Germanic “*fleutan”=to float.

Something that is a symbolic representation of a feeling, event, or thing. Old English “tacen”=symbol, sign < Old Germanic “*taikno”=to show.

To strengthen or support someone or something. Old English “bolster”= a long stuffed pillow placed under the neck to support the head < Germanic “*bolstro-z” < “*bul”= to swell.

Harmful , destructive, injurious, or evil. Old English “bana”=death, murderer + “-ful”=suffix meaning “full of.”

Food for pigs made of scraps and water; to wash or rinse out. Old English “swillian”=to rinse out a vessel.

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