operer1 (1346)

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operer1 (1346)

[ gdw]

[ FEW: 7,367b operari; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,234b operer; TL: ; DEAF:  operer; DMF:  opérer; TLF:  opérer; OED: ; MED: ; DMLBS: 2026b operari ]

The p-form (as opposed to the v of ovrer1) is closer to the Latin etymon operari. It is a Latinism that is only attested in Anglo-Norman from the mid-fourteenth century onwards, and almost exclusively in formulaic phrases.


1metalto work, fashion (metal, wood, etc.)
( 1416 )  Auxi, que null de eux opere ascuns vessels qu'est sufflés ou crakkés, sur semblable payne  i 212
( 1423 )  Et qe nul orfeour ne juellour n'autre homme qe oepere harneis d'argent, mette nul d'icel a vendre deinz la dite Citee devaunt ceo qe soit touchee ovec le touche del teast de libarde (=leopard's head, as a hallmark of the Goldsmiths' Company)  ii 224


1lawto enure, come into operation, have effect
( 1346 )  il suppose un composicion estre fait entre son aiel et nostre predecessour, et par demoustrance il ne doune pas avoweré en eux avant, issint qe la composicion put entre eux oeperer  20.1 Ed III 183
operation  opere  operer#2  ovrer#1 
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