Cl syte; WA syte
'grief, sorrow, evil'(Modern English )
This root does not appear to have been native to OE, and the vocalism of this n. is always explained by derivation from ON. Although an early form in /y:/ is not attested, modern cognates (Norw syt) testify to its existence and cp. also OIcel sýta 'to afflict, grieve' (derived by Bj. from < *suhtian) and the variant sút 'grief, sorrow, affliction' (the original nom. sg. of which OED speculates was *sýt) next to OIcel. sótt '(physical) affliction', with which cp. Goth saúhts 'sickness, disease', OE suht 'illness' (the single occurrence of which is usually explained as influence from OS (Bj., AEW)), OFris secht, OS, OHG suht (< PGmc *suxtiz).
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
cp. OE suht 'illness'
Phonological and morphological markers
ON loss of */x/ medially
Chiefly NE and N/EM.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Pe 663; Cl 566, 1257; Pat 5, 517; WA 182, 546