Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To exchange.
  • To envelop; wrap; confound.

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  • verb obsolete To exchange.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To alter, as one's mind or mental faculties; effect a change in.
  • verb obsolete To exchange opinions; speak one's mind; share thoughts; communicate.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To envelop, wrap; confuse; confound.

Etymologies

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From Middle English wrixlen, from Old English wrixlan, wixlan ("to change, exchange, reciprocate"), from Proto-Germanic *wihslanan, *wihslōnan (“to change”), from Proto-Indo-European *weik(')- (“to change”). Cognate with Scots wissel ("to exchange, barter"), Dutch wisselen ("to exchange, barter, swap"), German wechseln ("to change, switch"), Icelandic víxl ("cross, interchange"), Latin vicis ("change, alteration, diversity, reciprocity").

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  • Obs. v., To alter, change, confound; also, to exchange (fr. OE wrixlian).

    August 13, 2008