Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To ask.
  • noun The ash; the ash-tree.
  • noun They founde Firumbas thar a lay vndre a tre of frayne.

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  • noun obsolete, botany the ash, ash-tree.
  • verb rare or dialectal to ask, inquire; demand.
  • verb rare or dialectal to question; to ask questions.

Etymologies

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From Middle English frayne ("ash-tree"), from Old French fraisne, fresne ("ash-tree"), from Latin fraxinus ("ash-tree").

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From Middle English frainen, freinen ("to ask"), from Old English freġnan, friġnan ("to ask, inquire, learn"), from Proto-Germanic *fregnanan (“to ask”), from Proto-Indo-European *preḱ- (“to ask, woo”). Cognate with Icelandic fregna ("to ask, inquire"), Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌹𐌷𐌽𐌰𐌽 (fraihnan, "to ask"). Related also to Dutch vragen ("to ask"), German fragen ("to ask"), Norwegian frega ("to ask"), Latin precor ("ask, beseech"), Albanian preh ("rest, burial, tomb"), Lithuanian prašyti ("to request"), Polish prosić ("to request").

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