What does "wlonk" mean?
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Wlonk, a. (n.) Obs.
Forms: 1-4 wlanc, 1-3 wlonc, 2 wlong, 3-6 wlonk, 4 wlanck, vlanck, wlanke, wlaunk, wlonke, 4-5 wlank. [OE. wlanc,
wlonc = OS. wlank: cf. Wlench v.]
1. Proud, haughty.
Beowulf 341 Ellenrof..wlanc Wedera leod..heard under
helme. c1175 Lamb. Hom. 35 He wes prud &
wlonc. a1225 Leg. Kath. 844 Nawt wið wit ah
wið wind of ane wlonke wordes. a1300 Cursor M. 6397 þir Iuus þat o will war wlanck, þai cund him ai ful litell
2. Rich, splendid, fine, magnificent: in later use esp. as a
conventional epithet in alliterative verse.
Beowulf 2833 Maðmæhta wlonc. a1000 Phœnix 100 Fugel feþrum wlonc. c1230 Hali Meid. (1922) 43 & tine wide wahes wlonke &
welefulle. a1250 Owl & Night. 489 Sumeres tide is
alto wlonc. c1325 Song of Merci 3 in E.E.P. (1862) 118 Wlanke deor on grounde gan glide. c1350 Will. Palerne 1634 A while wol i stinte of þis wlonke murþe. 13.. E.E. Allit. P. A. 122 Wod & water &
wlonk playnez. Ibid. 903, I schulde not tempte þy wyt so
wlonc. a1400-50 Wars Alex. 5089 A worthi wedow
& a wlonk. c1400 Anturs Arth. 347 Wlonkest
in wede. c1450 HOLLAND Howlat 553 Archebald the
honorable..Weddit that wlonk wicht. 15.. Tayis Bank 118 (Bann. MS.) Joy wes within and joy without, Vnder that wlonkest
b. Rich in moisture or sap; rank; lush.
1398 TREVISA Barth. De P.R. XI. xi. (Tollem. MS.),
Snow..norischeþ and fedeþ good herbes and makeþ hem wlonke [orig. impinguit; ed. 1495 cranke; ed. 1535 ranke]. c1440 Pallad. on Husb. III. 449 The potters
cley, the wlonk [uliginosa], or sondy lene,..nys
B. as n. A fair or beautiful one.
?a1400 Morte Arth. 3338, I went to that
wlonke, and wynly hire gretis. a1508 DUNBAR Tua
Mariit Wemen 36 Of thir fair wlonkes,..Ane wes ane wedow. Ibid. 150 The wedo to the tothir wlonk warpit ther
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