an English or Scottish follower of the religious teachings of John Wycliffe from the 14th to the 16th centuries.

Origin of Lollard

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle Dutch lollaert mumbler (of prayers), equivalent to loll(en) to mumble (see lull) + -aert -ard
Related formsLol·lard·y, Lol·lard·ry, Lol·lard·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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English history a follower of John Wycliffe during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries
Derived FormsLollardy, Lollardry or Lollardism, noun

Word Origin for Lollard

C14: from Middle Dutch; mutterer, from lollen to mumble (prayers)
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Word Origin and History for lollard


name for certain heretics, late 14c. (in Chaucer, Loller, c.1386), from Middle Dutch lollaerd, applied pejoratively to members of reforming sects c.1300 who devoted themselves to the care of the sick and poor, literally "mumbler, mutterer," so called by critics who regarded them as heretics pretending to humble piety, from lollen "to mumble or doze." Generic late Middle English term for groups suspected of heresy, especially followers of John Wyclif.

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