holp


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holp

 (hōlp)
v. Archaic
A past tense of help.

holp

(həʊlp)
vb
archaic or dialect a past tense of help

holp

(hoʊlp)

v.
Chiefly Dial. a pt. of help.
References in classic literature ?
And then they holp up their father, and so by their common assent promised unto Sir Marhaus never to be foes unto King Arthur, and thereupon at Whit- suntide after, to come he and his sons, and put them in the king's grace.
The past participle form holp is an example of the clipped variant of the historical participial holpen.
These weakened verbs include climb, help, walk, swell, even though the verb 'holp' for help was recorded till the seventeenth century (Pyle, 1964).
She says, "He is in Heaven, where thou shalt never come." He replies, "Let him thank me that holp to send him thither,/For he was fitter for that place than earth" (1.2.108-10).
Thus, when Felix Guthrie sums up the mountaineers' respect for the legend near the end of the novel--"I can't holp bein' sorry fur the Stranger People, ez they air leetle, an' air dead, an' hey been waitin' so long in the dark fur the las' day an' thar summons ter rise" (352)--Murfree's position has itself shifted from an archaeological interest in the mountaineers to empathy for their situation.
Holp is also known for publishing reprinted editions of renowned prewar Japanese literature.