dells

[delz]

Origin of dells

by construal as a plural of dell

dell

[del]
noun
  1. a small, usually wooded valley; vale.

Origin of dell

before 1000; Middle English delle, Old English dell; akin to dale

Dell

[del]
noun
  1. a male or female given name.
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Related Words for dells

glen, dale, glade, dingle, vale

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British Dictionary definitions for dells

dell

noun
  1. a small, esp wooded hollow

Word Origin for dell

Old English; related to Middle Low German delle valley; compare dale
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Word Origin and History for dells

dell

n.2

rogue's cant 16c.-17c. for "a young girl of the vagrant class," of uncertain origin.

A Dell is a yonge wenche, able for generation, and not yet knowen or broken by the vpright man. ... [W]hen they have beene lyen with all by the vpright man then they be Doxes, and no Dells. [Thomas Harman, "A Caveat or Warning for Common Cursitors," 1567]

dell

n.1

Old English dell "dell, hollow, dale" (perhaps lost and then borrowed in Middle English from cognate Middle Dutch/Middle Low German delle), from Proto-Germanic *daljo (cf. German Delle "dent, depression," Gothic ib-dalja "slope of a mountain"); related to dale (q.v.).

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