Origin of English word LADY

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The word LADY is addressed in the entry: LAD

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The OxfordEnglishDictionary states  "of obscure origin"  for LAD. Noah Webster's 18th Century dictionary, scorned by the O.E.D. and the linguistic establishment, cites Chaldaic and Syriac sources for LAD.

ילד YeLeD is a boy (Genesis21:8); ולד V'LaD is an infant or child (Genesis 11:30). Walad is a boy in Arabic.  LD is the root, as seen in   LayDaH (childbirth).


Hindi aulaad is a child. Post-Biblical-Hebrew   מלדת MoLeDeT means progeny, offspring, and birthplace.    Laidim  is to bring forth young in Old Irish.  Slavic a dds an M before the LD root of youth: Polish (mlodde), Serbo-Croatian (mlad) and Russian (malaadoy). The word for boy in Basque, mutil, requires only a #2-#3 root letter metathesis and a D to T change. Maulidi means "birthday" in Swahili. OLD, ELDER, and ALDERMAN more likely are related to this Lamed-Dalet / LD root than to its given Indo-European “root”, al (to grow, nourish). The same L + dental (D.T) for lad appears in Turkish oglyt.   The LD or LT root might also be seen in LITTER (to give birth; a group of offspring) and, more remotely, in words like LITT(LE) and (CH)ILD.  A lad in Saami (Lapp) is lunta – nasalization and dental shift.

  It is noteworthy that CHILD has no Indo-European root.  Middle English cild, child may have come via Swedish dialect. The plural suffix in CHILDREN  echoes the    –em plural suffix of Hebrew

(-en in Aramaic).

In Lycian (extinct language of Asia Minor) lada means wife.  One would think that LADY is about LD birthing. The AHD, however, traces LADY to an Old English compound that means “bread-kneader.”  Their Indo-European “root” for LADY is dheigh (to form, build).

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