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Staff K of the English Wordbook.

Basic abbreviations:

  • OE = Old English
  • ME = Middle English
  • PG = Or-theedish
  • SC = Scots
  • SW = Swedish
  • Dan. = Danish
  • ON = Old Norse
  • OS = Old Saxon
  • NHG = New Hightheech
  • IC = Icelandish
  • H.IC = High Icelandish
  • Du. = Netherlandish
  • Fris. = Freesish

For a full list of etymological and other abbreviations used in these wordlists, see: Offshortenings.


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Chancery English Class Anglish/English
Attested Unattested
kamikaze adj daredevil, devil-may-care, hell-for-leather  -
kangaroo n - leapdeer
kapok tree n - silk-treewool tree
karaoke n sing-along -
karma n - doings (calque)
kayak n - mansboat (calque of Inuktitut)
kennel n doghouse -
ketchup n - blooddip, heartdip
kiln
(in Old English, but <Latin)
n - brimoven (cf. NHG. Brennofen), oast
kilig n lovespark
kindergarten
(from High German)
n - kindergrove, children's grove, childeryard
kiosk n booth, stall -
kleptomania n mad theft thiefmadness (calque)
kleptomaniac n mad thief thiefmadman (calque)
knowledgeable adj knowledgeful -
Korea n - Mornfrithland
kowtow vb bootlick, fawn kneelbow
krypton n - hiddenmote