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- adj. open
- v. To open.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Open.
- v. To open.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To open.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
These are ancient and may have Scandinavian origins - they are all recessed beaches coves, landing places or access ways: This points to 'ope' being an opening for landing, and I am sure William Barnes was right.
I came across your site when searching for the origin of "ope".
So it appears the two words originally had two distinct meanings "ope" possibly meant a fissure in a rock? and "hope" meant a valley, but these distinctions have since on the whole been blurred.
"I can't see 'im nowhere, I' ope 'e ain't gone overboard, poor little chap."
"I do 'ope' e ain't been layin '' is 'and on yer."
I 'ope' e's got summat in 'is pockets arter we've bin takin' all this trouble. "
I 'ope's it do, for love's a pretty thing when you're young -- I know, for I was young once -- aye an' 'ansome too, I was -- "
I 'ope' e ain't gone overboard, pore little chap. "
MRS. STUBBS: "Well, I 'ope' e'd better luck with 'is than I' ave.
_ "Well, I 'ope' e'd better luck with 'is than I' ave.
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