[ez-nee, -ne]


(in Anglo-Saxon England) a member of the lowest class; laborer.

Origin of esne

before 950; < Old English; cognate with Old High German asni, Gothic asneis day laborer, harvester, akin to asans harvest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for esne

Old English esne "domestic slave," from Proto-Germanic *asnjoz- "harvestman" (cf. Gothic asneis), from *asanoz- "harvest" (see earn).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper