forholden etymology

Middle English word forholden comes from Old English healdan

Detailed word origin of forholden

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.
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 forholden

Descendants of healdan
anhealden forhealden holden