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[wohld] /woʊld/
an elevated tract of open country.
Often, wolds. an open, hilly district, especially in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire.
Origin of wold1
before 900; Middle English; Old English w(e)ald forest; cognate with German Wald; akin to wild, Old Norse vǫllr plain


[wohld] /woʊld/
weld2 . Unabridged
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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
  • On the south are the wolds of the Negeb plateau, with the plains of Beersheba beyond.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • I fear to think of her, off on the wolds near that horrid place.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Tell the ladies to fly with the children to Driffield in the wolds.

    The Paladins of Edwin the Great Clements R. Markham
  • The summer in the wolds, so long looked forward to, was over.

    A Christmas Child

    Mrs. Molesworth
  • The "wolds" of north England are like the "downs" of the south.

    The Vision of Sir Launfal James Russell Lowell
British Dictionary definitions for wolds


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


another name for weld2
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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).

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