ceorig Posted on August 8, 2015 by Hana Videen ceorig, adj: complaining, querulous. (CHEH-or-ih / ˈtʃɛɔ-ɹɪj) Share this:ShareClick to email a link to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related
In Dutch the extension ‘-ig’ is still very much in use today. If I have to take a guess the modern Dutch word ‘zeurderig’ (nagging) sounds a bit like ‘ceorig’.
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I think Dutch ‘zeurderig’ (zeuren, zaniken) would be derived from ‘zieden’ (to seethe, boil) which would connect it to Old English ‘sēoþan’ (boil, seethe) rather than Old English ‘ceorig’ which is probably cognate with Dutch ‘korren’ (vogelgeluid) ‘to coo’.
I personally don’t like etymologies involving animal noises, but jou might be right. Dutch ‘zieden’ (‘koken’) is ‘to boil’ (in cooking) and ‘ziedend van woede’ is seething (with rage’). ‘Sieren’ is still ‘to boil’ in modern Frisian.
The dictionary suggests that Dutch ‘karig’ (“scant, sparing, austere, meage”) is cognate with Old English ‘ceorig’.