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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. X).

Tho(u)chtful(l, adj. [ME and e.m.E. þohhtfull (Orm), thoghtful (Cursor M.), thoughtfull (1387-8), þouȝtful (c1430), thoughtful (1656); Tho(u)cht n.]

1. Mindful (of or one a person or thing, or to do something). a1400 Leg. S. xvi 552.
I … prays thé That thu wil thochtful one me be
a1400 Leg. S. xxvii 1161.
Pray hyme … That he … thochtfull be Of his hicht that he mad to me
c1420 Wynt. ii 1350.
Be ye ay thouchtfull [C. thouchtful, W. thochtfull] and redy, To thole yhoure fadyr byddyng ay

2. Troubled in mind; brooding, melancholy; anxious, sorrowful. ?1438 Alex. ii 1948 (see Tho(u)cht n. 1 c (1)).
a1500 Lanc. 44.
I walkith to & froo, As thochtful wicht that felt of nocht bot woo
1513 Doug. iv i heading.
The thochtfull queyn … Till hir systir complenys in luffis caws
1513 Doug. v xiv 2.
Glaidnes and comfort than … Begouth to kittil Eneas thochtful hart
1513 Doug. xii Prol. 202.
Thochtfull luffaris rowmys to and fro, To lys thar pane, and pleyn thar ioly wo

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