(usually uncountable, plural ondes)
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Breath.
From Middle English onde, ande, from Old English onda, anda (“zeal, indignation, anger, malice, envy, hatred”), from Proto-Germanic *andô (“breath, spirit, zeal”), from Proto-Indo-European *ane- (“to breathe, blow”). Cognate with Scots aynd, eind, end (“breath”), German Ahnd, And (“pain, anguish”), Danish ånd, ånde (“breath, spirit”), Swedish anda, ande (“spirit, breath”), Icelandic andi (“spirit”), Latin anima (“breath, spirit”). More at animal.
(third-person singular simple present ondes, present participle onding, simple past and past participle onded)
- (intransitive, dialectal or obsolete) To breathe; breathe on.
From Middle English onden (Northern dialect ande), from Old Norse anda (“to breathe”).