FOR reasons of space the glossary is selective; a little over four-fifths of the forms in the texts are included. Fuller glossaries, and more detailed information on grammar and etymology, can be found in the individual editions listed in 'Further Reading'.
ð (modern gh, y consonant) is placed after g, i consonant (modern j) after i vowel, ð/ð (modern th) after t, and u/v consonant (modern for v) after u/v vowel (modern u). Past participles formed with an i- prefix are normally placed with the verb they belong to rather than under i (so, for example, idemet will be found in the entry for demen), but a reference is given under i where no other form of the verb occurs, or where the relationship between the participle and other parts of the verb is not immediately obvious. Cross-references for variant spellings are given except where they would fall in the immediate neighbourhood of the main entry.
Up to three citations for each text are given for the words included; but if they occur more than three times in any one text, only the first instance (followed by 'etc.') is given. Where a word is easily recognizable, glossing has sometimes been reserved for its more obscure forms (so that, for instance, the adjective strong is glossed only in its comparative form strengre). Emended forms are not separately indicated here, but all divergences from the base manuscripts are recorded in the list of variants at the foot of each page of the text.
The abbreviations for Ancrene Wisse Parts 7 and 8 are shortened in the Glossary to A7 and A8. The grammatical abbreviations used are given below.
|1, 2, 3||first, second, third person||neut.||neuter|