transitive verb

chiefly Scottish : split

intransitive verb

chiefly Scottish : stretch, sprawl

Word History


obsolete English speld to split open, spread open (from Middle English spelden, probably alteration—influenced by spelde splinter—of spalden to split, spread open, from Middle Low German, from Old High German spaltan to split) + English -er (as in batter)

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“Spelder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelder. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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