• synonyms


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

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for lollard

Historical Examples of lollard

  • The spot of execution was called Lollard's pit, without Bishopsgate, at Norwich.

    Fox's Book of Martyrs

    John Foxe

  • It cheerfully revived the old acts for the burning of Lollard heretics.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

  • Le Despenser was a Lollard house by tradition and inheritance.

  • And that she was a Lollard few can doubt who read her will with attention.

  • So the Lollard friends parted: and so went Salisbury to his death.

British Dictionary definitions for lollard


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

Word Origin for Lollard

C14: from Middle Dutch; mutterer, from lollen to mumble (prayers)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper