Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Waithing (v.) - to hunt, fish.

Waithing (n.) - game, sport, what is taken in hunting or fishing.

And he war hungrie, outher for fauour, or feid,
Bot in his breith he weryit thame to deid.
Swa happinnit him in waithing as he went,
To meit ane foxe in middis off the way.

- Henryson, Robert: The morall fabillis of Esope the Phrygian (1450)

The Middle-English Word of the Day is selected from Mayhew and Skeat's
"Concise Dictionary of Middle English."
As found on Greg Lindahl's website

The example text was found at the Middle English Collection of the University of Virginia Library.