adj., v. (pp.)

'frightened' (Modern English awed)


Formed on aghe (n.).

PGmc Ancestor


Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)

agi ‘(n.) dread, awe; discipline; enmity’
(ONP agi (sb.))

Other Scandinavian Reflexes

OE Cognate

cp. ege (n.) ‘fear, awe’

Phonological and morphological markers

Summary category



MED gives a handful of citations of the v. from a few scattered sources, beginning with c1225(?c1200) St.Kath.(1) (Einenkel). The n. on which it is formed is N and E in earlier ME (first recorded in Orrm), but shows signs of wider acceptance by the later period (incl. Chaucer, in rhyme): see further McGee 507. 

Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus

WA 3763


MED auen (v.) , OED awe (v.) ; see further aghe (n.).