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To put in order, to tidy up, to prepare for battle. Old English “fetel”=band, girdle, belt < Old Germanic “*fatilo-z”=to hold.


To shine like light reflected off water. Old English “glisnian”=to shine < Old Germanic root “*glis-“

Someone who steals another person’s property. Old English “thiof” < Old Germanic “*theubaz.”

Something given to someone for free and willingly. Old English “gift” < Old Norse “gipt” < Old Germanic “*giftiz”=to give.

The home of a wild animal. Old English “leger”=resting place, bed < Old Germanic “*legro-“=to lie (down).

(Of hair) matted, scruffy, or disheveled. Middle English “tousel”=to pull about roughly < Old Germanic “*taisan”=to pull apart.

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

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

A young member of a famous or important family. Old French “cion”=a twig or shoot, possibly < Old Germanic "*ki-"=to sprout, split.

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