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An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary is a dictionary of the Old English language (previously known as Anglo-Saxon). Four editions were created. It has often (especially in earlier times) been considered the definitive lexicon of this language. It is often referred to as Bosworth, Bosworth & Toller, or Bosworth/Toller/Campbell, for the names of the creators.



The 1838 edition

This was written by Joseph Bosworth, who in 1858 became Rawlinsonian Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, with said post being renamed in 1916 to Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in his honour.

The 1898 edition

While being attributed to "J. Bosworth & T. N. Toller", this was a revision by T. Northcote Toller, based on Bosworth's 1838 dictionary, Bosworth's papers, and additions by Toller.

The 1921 Edition

T. Northcote Toller issued a supplement in 1921.

The 1972 edition

Alistair Campbell issued an edition with "enlarged addenda and corrigenda" in 1972


  • Bosworth, J.; & Toller, T. Northcote. (1898). An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press. (Based on Bosworth's 1838 dictionary, his papers & additions by Toller)
  • Toller, T. Northcote. (1921). An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary: Supplement. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  • Campbell, A. (1972). An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary: Enlarged addenda and corrigenda. Oxford: Clarendon Press.


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