From Middle English leed, lede, shortened variant of leden ("language"), from Old English l?oden ("popular or national language, native tongue"), from Old English l?od ("people, nation"). Cognate with Scots leid ("language"). More at lede.
leed (plural leeds)
- (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Language; tongue.
- (Britain dialectal, Scotland) A national tongue (in contrast to a foreign language).
- (Britain dialectal, Scotland) The speech of a person or class of persons; form of speech; talk; utterance; manner of speaking or writing; phraseology; diction.
From Middle English lede, led, leod, variant of Middle English leth, leoth ("song, poem"), from Old English l?oþ ("song, poem, ode, lay, verse"), from Proto-Germanic *leuþ? ("song, lay, praise"), from Proto-Indo-European *l?w- ("to sound, resound, sing out"). Cognate with Dutch lied ("song"), German Lied ("song").
leed (plural leeds)
- (Britain dialectal, Scotland) A strain in a rhyme, song, or poem; refrain; flow.
- (Britain dialectal, Scotland) A constant or repeated line or verse; theme.
- (Britain dialectal, Scotland) Patter; rigmarole.
From Middle Dutch lêet, from Old Dutch *l?th, from Proto-Germanic *laiþ?.
leed n (uncountable)
- grief, sorrow
From Middle Dutch lêet, from Old Dutch l?th, from Proto-Germanic *laiþaz.
leed (comparative leder, superlative leedst)
- (Belgium) angry
See the etymology of the main entry.
- singular past indicative of lijden
From Old High German leid. Cognate with German leid, Dutch leed.
- (in expressions) grievous; cumbersome
- Ech sinn et leed. -- "I'm fed up with it."
- Dat deet mer leed. -- "I'm sorry."
- Hatt deet mer leed. -- "I pity her."
From Old English l?ode ("people, men"), plural of l?od ("man, person") (masc.), also "nation, people group, ethnicity, nationality" (fem.), akin to Old Frisian liod, Old Saxon liud, Old Norse ljóðr, lýðr, Old High German liut, Dutch lieden, German Leute ("people"). Akin to Old English l?odan ("to grow, spring forth").
leed (plural common noun and collective noun, plural leeds or leeden)
- People; persons collectively.
- Countrymen, compatriots; vassals.
- Man, person; human being.
- Race, nation; nationality; kindred.
- A copper kettle or caldron.
- 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
- That stemed as a forneys of a leed
- (Spain) Informal second-person plural (vosotros or vosotras) affirmative imperative form of leer.