v. (past 3 sg.)
(1) 'started, moved with a quick, jerky motion'; (2) 'moved' (Modern English )
(1) *bregðan-; (2) *bregðan- or *bragðan-
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
(2) bragða 'flare, sparkle, flicker; (impersonal) is seen to be in trembling motion, moves'
(ONP (2) bragða (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Phonological and morphological markers
[ON fricative /ð/ < PGmc */ð/] (possibly diagnostic) (may not be applicable)
(1) Common and widespread in ME, and particularly frequent in alliterative texts; (2) this would be a hapax legomenon.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
All editors but Gollancz print MS <brayed>; see etymological discussion.