An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary

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Index Notes

Jonathan Slocum

This is a new, consistent alphabetic index to An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, based on the manuscript collections of the late Joseph Bosworth. Edited and enlarged by T. Northcote Toller, M.A. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1898). For more information about this online dictionary, see our Introduction. The index, and the overall HTML page formatting of the dictionary, were produced at and are copyrighted by the Linguistics Research Center at the University of Texas; the dictionary entries themselves are in the public domain.

In Anglo-Saxon, a.k.a. Old English, the letters J, V, X, and Z were rare and not used as the first letter in a word; the letters K and Q were rare variants of C and CW (or CU) respectively. The letters Ð (lowercase = ð, called eth) and Þ (lowercase = þ, called thorn) were not consistently distinguished, and in editorial practice they are usually, as here, treated alike.

In Bosworth and Toller (B&T), the letter Æ (lowercase = æ, called ash or ae-ligature) was sorted like the two-letter combination AE. The letter eth or thorn at the beginning of a word was considered to belong to a separate alphabetic category, labelled Þ and positioned between T and U; but elsewhere in a word, ð or þ was sorted like the two-letter combination TH. B&T inconsistently alphabetized, within the Þ category, words actually beginning with the two letters TH, but our index lists them within T, at the TH position.

We index each initial letter separately, but also provide a single, large index page (all) for those who prefer it.

N O P Q R S T Þ U W Y (all)

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