NerthusV3 is an online relational database of Old English that files 31,298 entries. By category, the database contains around 17,500 nouns, 500 proper names, 5,500 adjectives, 6,000 verbs, and 1,500 adverbs, along with words from minor lexical classes. Each entry presents the predicate, alternative spellings, category, translation, inflectional morphology and inflectional forms of the lexeme, as can be seen below.
The database draws on the lexicographical tradition of Old English. More specifically, it is based mainly on Hall’s A Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (including Supplement) and, secondarily, on Bosworth-Toller’s An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (including the Supplement by Toller and the Addenda by Campbell), Sweet’s The Student Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon and The Dictionary of Old English. The default spelling of citation forms and alternative spellings corresponds to Hall’s A Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon. Otherwise, the source is acknowledged, as in ābernan, ābyrnan (DOE), ādrīgan, ādrygan (BT), ādrigan (BT), ādrugian (BT), ādruwian (BT), antecrīst (Sweet), etc.
The information presented in the translation field synthesizes the definitions available from Bosworth-Toller’s An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary and Hall’s A Concise Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon. The various meaning definitions found in these dictionaries have been unified on two principles: polysemy and increasing specificity. Within a meaning definition, commas separate related instantiations of a sense while semicolons distinguish senses, as cāflīce 'quickly, hastily, promptly; vigorously, stoutly; boldly, manfully'. Both inside and across senses, definitions have been organized along two scales, namely hypernym-hyperonym (this is usually the case with nouns and adjectives) and troponymy (mainly in verbs), as the examples below illustrate: