[queldur] (c.1300)

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[queldur] (c.1300)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: *3,192b *durnos; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED:  whether pron., a. (and n.) and conj.; MED:  whether adv. and conj.; DMLBS: ]

The word is rare, and seems to share an etymology with the more common (in Anglo-Norman) nuldur. By analogy, it must be a lexicalized form of the phrase quel dur (see dur1), which literally means ‘which hand’s breadth’).


( c.1300; MS: s.xivin )  En ceste manere put hom saver queldour le empic seit ptisic ou noun  ii 161.105
dur#1  nuldur  quel#1 
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