1 of 2


plural -s
dialectal, chiefly British
: sieve


2 of 2


dialectal, chiefly British
: sift

Word History



Middle English temse, from Old English temes; akin to Middle Low German tēmes, tēmse sieve, Middle Dutch teems, German dialect zims sieve, Old High German zimissa bran


Middle English temsen, from Old English temsian, temesian, from temes, noun

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near temse

Cite this Entry

“Temse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temse. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!