From Middle English welde, wolde, from Old English *weald, weard, variant from of wād, Proto-West Germanic *waiʀd, from Proto-Germanic *waizdaz. Alternatively reborrowed from or contaminated by Anglo-Norman wold, wolde (compare Old French guaide). woad.
Alteration of well, probably influenced by the past participle, welled.
From Old English weald (sense 2).
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