- This word in its Anglo-Saxon form, fyrd, is used historically in a technical sense.
From Middle English ferde, feord, furd, from Old English fyrd, fierd, ferd (“army, host, company”), from Proto-Germanic *fardiz (“journey, expedition”), from Proto-Indo-European *per- (“to put across, ferry”). Cognate with Old Frisian ferd, fart (“an expedition, journey”), Old High German fart (German Fahrt, “journey”), Danish færd (“voyage, travel”). More at fare.
(usually uncountable, plural ferds)
- (obsolete) fear
From Middle English, from feren (“to fear”). More at fear.