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Lade vs Laye - What's the difference?

lade | laye |

As verbs the difference between lade and laye

is that lade is to fill or load (related to cargo or a shipment) while laye is obsolete spelling of lang=en.

As a noun lade

is the mouth of a river.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), akin to (etyl) ).


  • To fill or load (related to cargo or a shipment).
  • * Bible, Genesis xlii. 26
  • And they laded their asses with the corn.
  • To weigh down, oppress, or burden.
  • To use a ladle or dipper to remove something (generally water).
  • to lade water out of a tub, or into a cistern
  • * Shakespeare
  • And chides the sea that sunders him from thence, / Saying, he'll lade it dry to have his way.
  • To transfer (molten glass) from the pot to the forming table, in making plate glass.
  • (nautical) To admit water by leakage.
  • Etymology 2

    English dialect, a ditch or drain. Compare (lode), (lead) to conduct.


    (en noun)
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete) The mouth of a river.
  • (Bishop Gibson)
  • (UK, dialect, obsolete) A passage for water; a ditch or drain.
  • (Scottish) Water pumped into and out of mills, especially woolen mills.
  • (Webster 1913)


    * * * * * English irregular verbs ----




  • * {{quote-book, year=c. 1380, author=Geoffrey Chaucer, title=Troilus and Criseyde, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The sterne wind so loude gan to route That no wight other noyse mighte here; And they that layen at the dore with-oute, 745 Ful sykerly they slepten alle y-fere; And Pandarus, with a ful sobre chere, Goth to the dore anon with-outen lette, Ther-as they laye , and softely it shette. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1597, author=King James I, title=Daemonologie., chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Ye must first remember to laye the ground, that I tould you before: which is, that it is no power inherent in the circles, or in the holines of the names of God blasphemouslie vsed: nor in whatsoeuer rites or ceremonies at that time vsed, that either can raise any infernall spirit, or yet limitat him perforce within or without these circles. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1775, author=Various, title=Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=He was a wight of grisly fronte, And muckle berd ther was upon 't, His lockes farre down did laye : Ful wel he setten on his hors, Thatte fony felaws called Mors, For len it was and grai. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1806, author=Walter Scott, title=Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3), chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Aftir that, my seid lord retournyng to the campe, wold in nowise bee lodged in the same, but where he laye the furst nyght. }}