Pat wyl; WA will, wille
‘wandering, perplexing’ (Modern English will)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
villr ‘wild; bewildered, erring, astray’
(ONP villr (adj.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far villur, Icel villur, Norw vill, ODan willær, wild(ær), Dan vild, OSw vildær, Sw vill, vild
wilde 'wild, untamed, uncontrolled'
Phonological and morphological markers
ON consonant cluster assimilation
Mainly N and E in ME, but also the Irish text a1500 Conq.Irel.(Rwl B.490)); MnE Sc. dial.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 2084; WA 1272; Pat 473
For the sense of Gaw 2084, OED (sense 5) prefers ‘out-of-the-way, unfrequented, desolate’ (followed by Wright 1935: 349-50). Understood as the second element of a compound welawylle by Madden, Morris, M(G) and GDS (‘wondrous wild’) (followed by Kullnick 18, Schmittbetz 14); but this was rejected by Emerson 1922: 2084, TGD and most subsequent editions (see further Vant 518n), but for a defence see PSn (‘very wild’) and McGillivray.