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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.

Looking and/or feeling sad, dejected, or miserable. Middle English “gloum”=to look displeased or sullen < Old English “*gl├║mian.”

Small pointed tool used for marking surfaces or for making small holes in leather, wood, etc. Old English “ael.”

Cautious, secretive action. Middle English “stalthe” < Old English “staelth” < Germanic “staol”=steal + “-th”=noun-forming suffix.

A person who works in a coal mine (chiefly British English). Middle English “colyer”=one who trades in coal or charcoal < Old English “col”=coal/charcoal.

A bird with shiny black feathers that looks like a crow but is bigger. Old English “hraefn” < Proto-Germanic “*hrabnaz.”

Mythical creature with a lion’s head and body, and a fish’s tail, seen as the protector of Singapore. Old English “mere”=sea, lake + Greek “leon”=a large carnivorous cat.

To seek the love of someone (esp. a woman) with a view to marriage; to court. Old English “wogian”=to solicit or court a woman in love.

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