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or Wodan

[wohd-n] /ˈwoʊd n/
the chief god of the pagan Anglo-Saxons, identified with the Scandinavian Odin.
Origin of Woden
before 900; Middle English, Old English Wōden (cognate with German Wotan, Old Norse Ōthinn), equivalent to wōd wood2 + -en noun suffix marking headship; Woden was the leader of the Wild Hunt Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Offa is made out to be the eighteenth in descent from Woden, who was the sixteenth from Noah!

  • I should be the best of days, for I am named for Woden, or Odin, the king of the gods.

  • Then the goats took the two sons of Woden back to their home in Asgard.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Sigge is generally held as the name of one of the sons of Woden.

  • Besides, there is the strongest external support for Woden in the very place which he occupies in the West-Saxon pedigree.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • The soldiers of the Northland cried to him for help as often as they did to his father, Woden.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Tradition hath it that at the Anglian advent into this district, the worship of Woden was first set up in a grove at Wednesfield.

    The Annals of Willenhall Frederick William Hackwood
  • She was dead, and Woden had to go to the center of the universe to find her.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • It should be observed that the deity from whom most English princes claimed descent is Woden, a universal and not a tribal god.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • Once more, and for the last time, Woden has worshippers in Britain.

British Dictionary definitions for Woden


the foremost Anglo-Saxon god Norse counterpart Odin
Word Origin
Old English Wōden; related to Old Norse Ōthinn, Old High German Wuotan, German Wotan; see Wednesday
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Word Origin and History for Woden

Anglo-Saxon god, Old English, see Odin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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