• From Middle English ȝedden, ȝeddien, from Old English ġieddian ("to speak formally, discuss, speak with alliteration, recite, sing"), from ġiedd.
  • From Middle English ȝed, from Old English ġiedd ("song, poem, saying, proverb, riddle, speech, story, tale, narrative, account, reckoning, reason").
  • From Middle English eorþien ("to bury, dig"), from eorþe. Influenced or conflated with Middle English eardien ("to dwell, inhabit"), from Old English eardian ("to live, dwell, be inhabitant, occupy"). More at earth.

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