- an elevated tract of open country.
- Often wolds. an open, hilly district, especially in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire.
Origin of wold1
Examples from the Web for wolds
The low hills were not yet cleared, nor the fens and the wolds trimmed and enclosed.Oxford
Such a cry will often haunt the moors and wolds from above at nightfall.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
Out on the wolds Diggon and the peddler had built a fire to warm a new-born lamb.
The heather was not in blossom, but the breath of spring sweetened the wolds.
I did not see the fens of Lincolnshire nor the wolds of York.Fresh Fields
- the Wolds a range of chalk hills in NE England: consists of the Yorkshire Wolds to the north, separated from the Lincolnshire Wolds by the Humber estuary
- mainly literary a tract of open rolling country, esp upland
- another name for weld 2
Word Origin and History for wolds
Old English wald (Anglian), weald (West Saxon, Kentish) "forest, wooded upland," from Proto-Germanic *walthuz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian wald, Middle Dutch wold, Dutch woud, Old High German wald, German Wald "forest," Swedish vall "pasture," Old Norse völlr "soil, field, meadow"); perhaps connected to wild. The sense development from "forested upland" to "rolling open country" (c.1200) perhaps is from Scandinavian influence, or a testimony to the historical deforestation of Britain. Not current since mid-16c.; survives mainly in place names (cf. Cotswold).