from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A wood or grove; a copse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small piece of woodland or a woody hill; a copse.
  • n. The lair of an animal, especially of an otter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3d pers. sing. pres. of hold, contr. from holdeth.
  • n. A piece of woodland; especially, a woody hill.
  • n. A deep hole in a river where there is protection for fish; also, a cover, a hole, or hiding place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wood or woodland; a grove; an orchard.
  • n. A hole; a burrow; specifically, a deep hole in a river for the protection of fish.
  • n. A dialectal variant of hold.
  • n. A contracted form of holdeth, third person singular present indicative of hold.


Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English holt, from Old English holt ("forest, wood, grove, thicket; wood, timber"), from Proto-Germanic *hultan (“wood”), from Proto-Indo-European *kald-, *klād- (“timber, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *kola-, *klā- (“to beat, hew, break, destroy, kill”). Cognate with Scots holt ("a wood, copse. thicket"), North Frisian holt ("wook, timber"), West Frisian hout ("timber, wood"), Dutch hout ("wood, timber"), German Holz ("wood"), Icelandic holt ("woodland, hillock"), Old Irish caill ("forest, wood, woodland"), Ancient Greek κλάδος (kládos, "branch, shoot, twig"), Albanian shul ("door latch"). (Wiktionary)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • –noun Archaic.
    1. a wood or grove.
    2. a wooded hill.

    July 12, 2009

  • One of the witch's familiars:

    "came in like a white kittling"

    April 23, 2008