Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Louten (v.) - to stoop, bow down, kneel, or prostrate oneself.

If I lye on yow to my lewed wit, ledeth me to brennyng!
For as it semeth ye forsaketh no mannes almesse --
Of usurers, of hoores, of varouse chapmen --
And louten to thise lordes that mowen lene yow nobles
Aye in youre rule and religion -- I take record at Jesus,
That seide to hise disciples, "Ne sitis acceptores

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

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.