Origin of houselMiddle English ; from Old English husel, akin to Gothic hunsl, a sacrifice ; from Germanic an unverified form ?un-s-lo ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ?wen-, to sanctify
transitive verbhou·seled, hou·sel·ing, hou·sels
Origin of houselMiddle English, from Old English h&umacron;sel, sacrifice, Eucharist; see kwen- in Indo-European roots.
- (archaic) the Eucharist
From Middle English housel, from Old English hūsl (“housel, Eucharist, the Host, a sacrifice”), from Proto-Germanic *hunslą (“sacrifice”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwen- (“holy”). Cognate with Icelandic húsl (“housel”), Gothic [script?] (hunsl, “sacrifice, offering”), Proto-Slavic *svętъ (“holy, sacred”) (OED).
The OED cites usage of the noun from the 10th to the 17th century. 19th century use is deliberately archaizing. The verb is attested from the 11th century, and in occasional usage persists into the 19th.
(third-person singular simple present housels, present participle houseling or houselling, simple past and past participle houseled or houselled)
From Middle English houselen, from Old English hūslian (“to administer the sacrament”), from Proto-Germanic *hunslōną (“to sacrifice, offer”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwen- (“holy”). Cognate with Icelandic húsla (“to housel”), Old Swedish húsla (“to administer the Eucharist to”), Gothic [script?] (hunsljan, “to offer, sacrifice”).