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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To upbraid.
  • adv. Alternative form of abread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To awake; to arouse; to stir or start up; also, to shout out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rouse; awake; upbraid.
  • To awake; start.


From Middle English abraiden, abreiden ("to start up, awake, move, reproach"), from Old English ābreġdan ("to move quickly, vibrate, draw, draw from, remove, unsheath, wrench, pull out, withdraw, take away, draw back, free from, draw up, raise, lift up, start up"), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”) + *bregdanan (“to move, swing”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrēḱ-, *bhrēǵ- (“to shine”), related to Dutch breien ("to knit"), German bretten ("to knit"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English abrede. More at abread. (Wiktionary)



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