(third-person singular simple present elnes, present participle elning, simple past and past participle elned)
From Middle English elnen, from Old English elnian (“to emulate, endeavor to be equal, be zealous, strive with zeal after another, make strong, strengthen, comfort oneself, gain strength”), from Proto-Germanic *aljanōną (“to strengthen, encourage”), from Proto-Indo-European *al- (“to burn”). Cognate with Old High German ellinōn (“to emulate, strive”), Icelandic elna (“to grow stronger”), Gothic [script?] (aljanon, “to emulate”). See ellen.
- Alternative form of ellen.