wold

1
[ wohld ]
/ woʊld /
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noun

an elevated tract of open country.
Often wolds. an open, hilly district, especially in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire.

Origin of wold

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English w(e)ald forest; cognate with German Wald; akin to wild, Old Norse vǫllr plain

Definition for wolds (2 of 2)

wold

2
[ wohld ]
/ woʊld /

noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wolds (1 of 3)

Wolds

/ (wəʊldz) /

pl n

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

British Dictionary definitions for wolds (2 of 3)

wold

1
/ (wəʊld) /

noun

mainly literary a tract of open rolling country, esp upland

Word Origin for wold

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

British Dictionary definitions for wolds (3 of 3)

wold

2
/ (wəʊld) /

noun

another name for weld 2
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Word Origin and History for wolds

wold


n.

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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