forhealden etymology

Middle English word forhealden comes from Old English healdan, Old English for-, and later Middle English forholden (To detain, hold up, impede. To retain.)

Detailed word origin of forhealden

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
healdan Old English (ang) (intransitive) to maintain one’s position against an enemy. To contain. To hold fast, to grasp. To keep watch over (cattle etc.). To possess.
for- Old English (ang) Forming verbs from verbs with various senses especially ‘wrongly, away from, astray, abstention, prohibition, perversion, destruction’. Used to create intensified adjectives and verbs from other adjectives and verbs, with the sense of completely or fully. Compare Modern English use of up. Very.
forhealdan Old English (ang) To hold wrongly, not to keep in good condition.. To keep or hold back (something), withhold, disregard, neglect; hold away.
forholden Middle English (enm) To detain, hold up, impede. To retain.

Words with the same origin as forhealden

Descendants of healdan
anhealden forholden halden holden
Descendants of for-
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