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wold1

[wohld]
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noun
  1. an elevated tract of open country.
  2. Often wolds. an open, hilly district, especially in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire.
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Origin of wold1

before 900; Middle English; Old English w(e)ald forest; cognate with German Wald; akin to wild, Old Norse vǫllr plain

wold2

[wohld]
noun
  1. weld2.
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Examples from the Web for wolds

Historical Examples

  • The low hills were not yet cleared, nor the fens and the wolds trimmed and enclosed.

    Oxford

    Andrew Lang

  • Such a cry will often haunt the moors and wolds from above at nightfall.

  • Out on the wolds Diggon and the peddler had built a fire to warm a new-born lamb.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • The heather was not in blossom, but the breath of spring sweetened the wolds.

    Long Will

    Florence Converse

  • I did not see the fens of Lincolnshire nor the wolds of York.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs


British Dictionary definitions for wolds

Wolds

pl n
  1. 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
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wold1

noun
  1. mainly literary a tract of open rolling country, esp upland
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Word Origin

Old English weald bush; related to Old Saxon wald, German Wald forest, Old Norse vollr ground; see wild

wold2

noun
  1. another name for weld 2
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Word Origin and History for wolds

wold

n.

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).

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