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 Lorbrul’grud.Lord. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lord.
 
A nobleman.   1
   The word lord is a contraction of hlaf-ord (Saxon for “loaf-author” or “breadearner”). Retainers were called hlaf-ætas, or “bread-eaters.” Verstegan suggests hlaf-ford, “bread-givers.” (See LADY.)   2
   We have in Anglo-Saxon hlaf-ord, hlaford-gift (lordship), hlaford-less (lordless), hlafordom (dominion), and many more similar compounds.   3
   Lord, a hunchback (Greek, lord-os, crooked). Generally “My lord.”   4
 


 Lorbrul’grud.Lord. 

 
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