Definition 2021



See also: ƿod and -wód

Old English

Alternative forms



  1. First- and third-person preterite singular of wadan to go, move, stride, advance; wade, traverse, pervade

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *wōdaz (compare Middle Dutch woet > Dutch woede, Old High German wuot > German Wut (fury), Old Norse óðr, Gothic 𐍅𐍉𐌸𐍃 (woþs, demonically possessed)), from Proto-Indo-European *weh₂t-ós, from *weh₂t- (excited, possessed) (compare Latin vātēs (seer, prophet), Old Irish fáith (seer), Welsh gwawd (song)).


  • IPA(key): /woːd/


wōd f

  1. madness



  1. insane, mad, crazy, rabid, wild, raging, senseless, blasphemous
    Ðū eart wōd! You're insane!
  2. mad with anger, enraged
    Hē suwode ǣfre swilce hē ne gefrēdde heora swingla nāteshwōn, and hī þæs þe wōddran wǣron him tōgeānes. He was silent thereafter as though he didn't feel the the blows at all, and they were enraged with him.
Weak Strong
case singular plural case singular plural
m n f m n f m n f
nominative wōda wōde wōde wōdan nom. wōd wōde wōd wōda, -e
accusative wōdan wōde wōdan acc. wōdne wōd wōde wōde wōd wōda, -e
genitive wōdan wōdra, wōdena gen. wōdes wōdes wōdre wōdra
dative wōdan wōdum dat. wōdum wōdum wōdre wōdum
instrumental wōde
Derived terms
  • 1916, John R. Clark, "A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary for the Use of Students", wod et al.
  • Bosworth, J. (2010, March 21). An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary Online (T. N. Toller & Others, Eds.). wod. Retrieved December 9, 2011