Is there a way to add an Old English dictionary to the Dictionary app? I would like to three-finger-tap a word that's Old English and have it translate it for me.

For pure adventure I want to read Beowulf in its original Old English form. I was all excited to use Dictionary to help me through each word, and was kinda surprised when it didn't know practically any word in it at all.

If I open Dictionary and search a word (such as HWÆT), it does actually return some related words because their origin is the Old English word.

Any ideas?

  • Dictionary app?
    – Rob
    Mar 15, 2015 at 15:11
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    Command + Space, type Dictionary. I don't know any other way to load it except to three-finger tap a word. :) Mar 16, 2015 at 14:29
  • Control plus click on a word should give you a dialogue to look it up. Mar 18, 2015 at 4:31

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Adding dictionaries is possible. Finding the one you want may not be. See


For info on creating dictionaries for dictionary.app, see

How can I create a dictionary for Mac OS X?

How to add wiktionary as a source to the default dictionary.app?


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