[coerous] (s.xii3/4)

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[coerous] (s.xii3/4)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 2/ii,1174a cor; Gdf: ; GdfC: ; TL: ; DEAF: ; DMF: ; TLF: ; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: ]
cuerrous;  querrous  

The editor of Rom Chev ants emends the word to guerrous, and reconstructs an otherwise unattested adjectival derivation of the substantive guerre, glossed as ‘war-like, bold’. On the basis of this single reconstructed attestation the word was included in the DEAF sub guerre (guerrous) G1574, and consequently included in AND2 during the revision of G. This editorial intervention, however, is questionable, as the word is more likely, both in sense and in form, to belong to the cor family (cf. cor FEW 2/ii 1174a, and the adjective courous as well as the adverb coreusement). See also the cognate adjective coeru. As a result, the adjective guerrous is now rejected in AND2, and the original manuscript reading is restored. Some confusion with corus (‘angry’) may have been possible.

a.

1courageous, valiant
( s.xii3/4; MS: s.xiv2 )  Bien sievent qe Alisandre est guerrous  (ms. querrous) e poestis, E voet venger ses genz q’ils avoient malbaillis  1305 (MS)
bold, haughty
( c.1300; MS: s.xv2 )  Et che eusent mout la gent d’Inde et pas ne le tiennent a reproche, mes les Persois le tiennent a laide, car il sunt mult cuerrous et de grant presomption  306
coer#1  coeru 
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