Origin of English word HOLD

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The word HOLD is addressed in the entry: HALT

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word









cease or stop


German haltan (to stop, HOLD back) is traced to Indo-European kel – 3 (to drive, set in swift motion. "Hypothetical base of various loosely connected derivatives"), QaL (swift) is a KL etymon  – see  ACCELERATE.     Nothing is "loosely connected"

in the Hebrew language.  חדל   [K]HaDaL is to cease or stop (Genesis18:11). In a metathesis, the guttural-dental-liquid changes places to guttural-liquid-dental.


The modern German and Swedish words for “stop” have typically taken on other elements: Haltestelle and hallplats. Other “stops” from Het-Dalet-Lamed are more disguised.  The Turkish is durak, a 3-1-2 metathesis plus a liquid shift.  Indonesian hinti (stop) has dropped the final Lamed, shifted D to T, and nasalized it with an extra N.       See words like HALTER and more at HELD.

A non-holding HALTER meant “to limp” (from Anglo-Saxon). This could be a reversal of TSaL[A]h, to limp – see “LIST (tilt),” and SEROW for the Ayin-to-H shift.   German standhalden (hold one’s ground)is from the same M132   metathesis of חדל   [K]HaDahL (cease) – but no S-D is needed, and the link to HELD is stronger – see HELD.

HALTING (unsteady) means that the process can be HALTED.

 Other “stop” words at ARREST and SATAN .”    

Bible Verses

Genesis 18:11 ואברהם ושׂרה זקנים באים בימים חדל להיות לשׂרה ארח כנשׁים׃

“Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.”



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