- Homophone: abrade
From Middle English abraiden, abreiden (“to start up, awake, move, reproach”), from Old English ābreġdan (“to move quickly, vibrate, draw, draw from, remove, unsheath, wrench, pull out, withdraw, take away, draw back, free from, draw up, raise, lift up, start up”), from Proto-Germanic *uz- (“out”) + *bregdanan (“to move, swing”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhrēḱ-, *bhrēǵ- (“to shine”), related to Dutch breien (“to knit”), German bretten (“to knit”).
- (transitive, obsolete) (of a sword) To wrench out.
- (intransitive, transitive, obsolete) To awake; to arouse; to stir or start up.
- (intransitive, transitive, obsolete) To shout out.
- (transitive, obsolete) To upbraid.
- Alternative form of abread.