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gifu

  • noun [ feminine ]
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Grammar
gifu, gyfu, giefu, giofu, geofu, gif, e; pl. nom. acc. -a, -e; gen. -a, -ena; f.
a gift, grace, favour; donum, munas, beneficium, gratia, virtus, facultas
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  • Wæs gifu Hróþgáres oft geæhted

    the gift of Hrothgar was often prized,

    • Beo. Th. 3773
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    • B. 1884
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  • Ðám he geaf micle gife freódómes

    to these he gave the great gift of freedom,

    • Bt. 41, 2
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    • Fox 246, 1
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  • Ðæt hie ælmihtiges gife ánforléten

    that they the Almighty's gift might lose,

    • Cd. 32
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    • Th. 43, 19
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    • Gen. 693
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  • Ic ðam mago-rince míne sylle godcunde gife

    I will give to the youth my divine grace,

    • 106
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    • Th. 140, 17
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    • Gen. 2329
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  • We onféngon gife for gife

    we have received grace for grace,

    • Jn. Bos. 1, 16
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  • Heó gefylled wæs wísdómes gife

    she was filled with the gift of wisdom,

    • Elen. Kmbl. 2285
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    • El. 1144
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  • Ðá him wæstmas brohte geár-torhte gife gréne folde

    when to him the verdant earth should bring fruits, yearly-bright gifts,

    • Cd. 76
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    • Th. 94, 13
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    • Gen. 1561
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  • Sáulum on heofonum selest weorþlíca gifa

    to souls in heaven thou wilt give worthy gifts,

    • Bt. Met. Fox 20, 453
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    • Met. 20, 227
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  • Næs hió to gnéþ gifa

    she was not too sparing of gifts,

    • Beo. Th. 3864
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    • B. 1930
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  • Neorxna wang stód gifena gefylled

    paradise stood filled with gifts,

    • Cd. 11
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    • Th. 13, 28
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    • Gen. 209
    • :
    • Exon. 41 b
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    • Th. 138, 18
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    • Gú. 578
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  • Ðín mód trymeþ godcundum gifum

    strengtheneth thy mind with divine gifts,

    • Cd. 135
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    • Th. 170, 8
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    • Gen. 2810
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  • Brýdlíce gife

    nuptialis dos,

    • Hpt. Gl. 511
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  • Hláfordes gifu

    impost due to the Lord,

    • L. Eth. 3, 3
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    • Th. i. 292, 16
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    • L. C. S. 82
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    • Th. i. 422, 1
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    • L. N. P. L. 67
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    • Th. ii. 302, 7
    • See Thorpe's Glossary
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  • To gifes

    gratis,

    • Hpt. Gl. 478
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  • Gá hire út to gife bútan feó.

    let her go out free without money,

    • Ex. 21, 11
    • :
    • Num. 11, 5
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  • To gife

    gratis,

    • Gen. 29, 15
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  • Gifum

    gratis,

    • Ps. Spl. T. 34, 8
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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 as a gift,
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  • RUNE [Gifu] gumena byþ gleng and herenys

    a gift is the honour and praise of men,

    • Runic. pm. 7
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    • Kmbl. 340, 23
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    • Hick. Thes. i. 135
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Etymology
[
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.
]
Derived forms
beáh-gifu, brýd-, eád-, feorh-, freót-, frum-, hyht-, máððum, morgen-, sinc-, sundor-, sundur-, sweord-, wóþ-, wuldor-, wundor-
Linked entries
v.  gefe geofu G gæfe geafu giefu giofu gyfu gife gifes.
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  • gifu, n.