Thursday, November 22, 2007


Freke (n.) - a bold man, a warrior, a man.

And I awaked therwith, witlees nerhande,
And as a freke that fey were, forth gan I walke
In manere of a mendynaunt many yer after,
And of this metyng many tyme muche thought I hadde:

- Langland, William: The vision of Piers Plowman (1377-1379)

Pronunciation: /freIk@/

/f/ f in fifty
/r/ r in red
/eI/ a in mate, day
/k/ k in kin
/@/ a in sofa

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.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard