gifu
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Feminine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
gifu
gyfu, giefu, giofu, geofu, gif, e; pl. nom. acc. -a, -e; gen. -a, -ena; f. I. a gift, grace, favour; donum, munas, beneficium, gratia, virtus, facultas Wæs gifu Hróþgáres oft geæhted the gift of Hrothgar was often prized, Beo. Th. 3773; B. 1884. Ðám he geaf micle gife freódómes to these he gave the great gift of freedom, Bt. 41, 2; Fox 246, 1. Ðæt hie ælmihtiges gife ánforléten that they the Almighty's gift might lose, Cd. 32; Th. 43, 19; Gen. 693. Ic ðam mago-rince míne sylle godcunde gife I will give to the youth my divine grace, 106; Th. 140, 17; Gen. 2329. We onféngon gife for gife we have received grace for grace, Jn. Bos. 1, 16. Heó gefylled wæs wísdómes gife she was filled with the gift of wisdom, Elen. Kmbl. 2285; El. 1144. Ðá him wæstmas brohte geár-torhte gife gréne folde when to him the verdant earth should bring fruits, yearly-bright gifts, Cd. 76; Th. 94, 13; Gen. 1561. Sáulum on heofonum selest weorþlíca gifa to souls in heaven thou wilt give worthy gifts, Bt. Met. Fox 20, 453; Met. 20, 227. Næs hió to gnéþ gifa she was not too sparing of gifts, Beo. Th. 3864; B. 1930. Neorxna wang stód gifena gefylled paradise stood filled with gifts, Cd. 11; Th. 13, 28; Gen. 209: Exon. 41 b; Th. 138, 18; Gú. 578. Ðín mód trymeþ godcundum gifum strengtheneth thy mind with divine gifts, Cd. 135; Th. 170, 8; Gen. 2810. Brýdlíce gife nuptialis dos, Hpt. Gl. 511. Hláfordes gifu impost due to the Lord, L. Eth. 3, 3; Th. i. 292, 16: L. C. S. 82; Th. i. 422, 1: L. N. P. L. 67; Th. ii. 302, 7. See Thorpe's Glossary. To gifes gratis, Hpt. Gl. 478. Gá hire út to gife bútan feólet her go out free without money, Ex. 21, 11: Num. 11, 5. To gife gratis, Gen. 29, 15. Gifum gratis, Ps. Spl. T. 34, 8. II. the Anglo-Saxon Rune RUNE = g, the name of which letter in Anglo-Saxon is gifu a gift,-hence, this Rune not only stands for the letter g, but for gifu a gift, as RUNE [Gifu] gumena byþ gleng and herenys a gift is the honour and praise of men, Runic. pm. 7; Kmbl. 340, 23; Hick. Thes. i. 135. [Orm. gife: Laym. geve: R. Brun. give: Kath. geoven, pl: Piers P. yeves: O. Sax. geƀa; f. donum: O. Frs. jeve: O. H. Ger. geba: Goth. giba: Icel. gjöf; f. donum, munus.] DER. beáh-gifu, brýd-, eád-, feorh-, freót-, frum-, hyht-, máððum, morgen-, sinc-, sundor-, sundur-, sweord-, wóþ-, wuldor-, wundor-.
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