Definition of wold in English:



  • [often in place names] (in Britain) a piece of high, open uncultivated land or moor.

    ‘the Lincolnshire Wolds’
    • ‘Based in Huggate on the wolds, Milner was making a welcome return to the championship after taking a year out of the sport.’
    • ‘The giant puff-ball is a feast in itself, and I remember a huge one found by a shepherd of the wolds near Loughborough.’
    • ‘The latter, although presently only at low levels, often develops quickly through June and July during grain-filling period, especially on the wolds where early morning dews can last for several hours.’
    • ‘We've moved into a period of April showers, alternating between bright sunshine and sharp, sudden downpours as the wind sweeps from the West over the wolds and down across the fens towards the sea.’
    • ‘The wolds are the closest thing we have in this area to a hill, and those from hilly country would regard them as no more than casual undulations in the landscape.’
    • ‘The main activity of the shire was sheep-rearing on the wolds, cattle on the flatlands, and fishing: reclamation of fenland went on steadily.’
    • ‘Numerous streams running from springs on the wolds down towards the River Hull have helped shape Beverley's streets.’
    • ‘Separate ice fields also encroached from the North Sea, driving eastwards through what is now the Vale Of Pickering and covering much of the East Yorkshire plain, leaving the moors and wolds as isolated highlands.’
    high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesa
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Old English wald ‘wooded upland’, of Germanic origin; perhaps related to wild. Compare with Weald.