WA brytynd, bryttynd
'break to pieces, destroy' (Modern English )
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
brytja 'chop into pieces'
(ONP brytja (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far brytja, Icel brytja, Norw brytja
(ge-)bryttian 'divide, dispense, distribute', cp. (ge)brytnian ‘distribute, give’
Phonological and morphological markers
Attested early in OE, but not again until late ME with senses arguably closer to the OIcel, e.g. 'cut into pieces, slaughter'.
OED3 also identifies the OE v. bryttað in Cynewulf's Elene, which does have the sense 'destroy' (cp. WA 2256), with this v. DOE, however, interprets it instead as an instance of brȳtan ‘to crush, grind; break into pieces; destroy’ (< PGmc *ƀraut-).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
WA 2256, 2697
The D MS of WA has (closely related) variant readings bryt(t)ynd at 2256 and 2697; see further britten (v.).