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  • noun [ neuter ]
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BOLD, es; n.
Wright's OE grammar
§106; §277; §343;
a building, dwelling, house; ædificium, domicilium, domus
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  • Wæs ðæt bold tobrocen swíðe

    the dwelling was much shattered,

      Beo. Th. 1998; B. 997.
  • Ðǽr ic wíc báge, bold mid bearnum

    where I inhabit a dwelling, a house with children,

      Exon. 104 b; Th. 396, 23; Rä. 16, 9.
  • Bold wæs betlíc

    the building was excellent [good-like],

      Beo. Th. 3854; B. 1925.
  • Nis ðæt betlíc bold [blod MS.]

    that is no goodly dwelling,

      Exon. 116 a; Th. 446, 16; Dóm. 23.
a superior house, hall, castle, palace, temple; aula, palatium, ædes
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  • He him gesealde bold and bregostól

    he gave to him a habitation and a princely seat,

      Beo. Th. 4398; B. 2196.
  • Ne mót ic brúcan burga ne bolda

    I may not enjoy towns nor palaces,

      Cd. 216; Th. 273, 19; Sat. 139.
  • Ðá wæs Beówulfe gecýðed, ðæt his sylfes hám, bolda sélest, brynewylmum mealt

    then it was made known to Beowulf, that his own home, the best of mansions, was consumed by flames of fire,

      Beo. Th. 4641; B. 2326.
  • Gewát beorht blǽdgifa in bold óðer

    the bright giver of glory departed into another temple,

      Andr. Kmbl. 1312; An. 656.
[R. Glouc. bold: A. Sax. bylda a builder: Eng. to build. v. botl.]
Derived forms
DER. feorh-bold, fold-: bold-ágende, -getæl, -getimber, -wéla.
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  • BOLD, n.