Friday, November 16, 2007


Orpedly (adv.) - valiantly, proudly, boldly.

When he wan to the watter, ther he wade nolde,
He hypped ouer on hys ax, and orpedly strydez,
Bremly brothe on a bent that brode watz aboute,
on snawe.

- Anonymous: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1400)

Pronunciation: /oUrpEdli/

/oU/ o in note
/r/ r in red
/p/ p in pepper
/E/ e in met
/d/ d in dog
/l/ l in lily
/i/ i in machine

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