melda
Morphological Analysis
Wordclass: Noun
Gender: Masculine
In the OE text, the length is:indicated by acute accentsindicated by macronsnot indicated.
melda
an; m. I. a narrator, an informer, announcer Ðæs ðe ic ǽfre on ealdre ǽngum ne wolde monna ofer moldan melda weorþan what I would never relate to any man upon earth, Exon. 50 b; Th. 176, 3; Gú. 1203: 73 b; Th. 275, 28 ; Jul. 557. Sió æsc biþ melda, nalles þeóf the axe is an informer, not a thief (i. e. the noise made by hewing with an axe would attract the attention, which a thief would certainly shun, v. Grmm. R. A. 47), L. In. 43; Th. i. 128, 23: L. Edg. H. 8; Th. i. 260, 17. Þurh ðæs meldan hond; se sceolde wong wísian, Beo. Th. 4802; B. 2405. Ic tó meldan wearþ I turned informer (cf. Th. 259, 28 sqq., 270, 10 for the narrative forced from the devil by Juliana: cf. also Jul. pp. 39 sqq.), Exon. 74 b; Th. 279, 30; Jul. 621. Ðæt wé ðæs morþres meldan ne weorþen that we be not informers of the crime, Elen. Kmbl. 856; El. 428. II. a betrayer Gé sind meldan and manslagan (betrayers and murderers, Acts vii. 52), Homl. Th. i. 46, 24. [Cf. O. L. Ger. meldari sponsor: O. H. Ger. meldari delator, proditor.]
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