befilen etymology

Middle English word befilen comes from Proto-Germanic *fūlijaną, and later Old English butan (Except for, but, unless Without, except.)

Detailed word origin of befilen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*fūlijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (transitive) To befoul; make dirty (intransitive) To become foul; rot; decay.
butan Old English (ang) Except for, but, unless Without, except.
befȳlan Old English (ang)
fȳlan Old English (ang)
befylan Old English (ang) To defile, befoul.
defilen Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as befilen

Descendants of *fūlijaną
before beginnen begraven beheten beholden behoten behoven belove beshiten bethenken betinen betynen bewinden bewurchen bi cause biclepen bihefden bihon bilaughen bireaden bisne biwesten biwitien buten fulen