N. †dess n. “young woman” (Category: Girl)
An archaic word in The Etymologies of the 1930s for “young woman” derived from ON. ndissa under the root ᴹ√NDIS (Ety/NDIS), where the i became e via a-affection. Tolkien said of dess that it “does not [survive] except as contributing to sense ‘woman’: cf. bess properly ‘wife’” (EtyAC/NDIS). Hence this word was no longer used in modern language.
References ✧ Ety/BES, NDIS; EtyAC/NDIS, NIS
|ON. dissa > †dess||[dissa] > [dessa] > [dess]||✧ Ety/BES|