'bondmen, serfs' (Modern English )
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
bóndi 'farmer, householder'
(ONP bóndi (sb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far bóndi, Icel bóndi, Norw bonde, Dan bonde, Sw bonde
cp. OE būan 'to stay, dwell, live'
Phonological and morphological markers
Attested in OE from the 11c. and then in a range of ME texts; the term underwent semantic pejoration in ME (SPS 107, 209-10).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
GollCl and Anderson interpret the instance at Cl 88 as an adj. (cp. MED's bonde n.2 and adj.).