and in French Méche, Méchant.
That the two English words and the two French words should have
similar resemblances and similar meanings is a remarkable coincidence,
especially as the two adjectives are quite independent of the nouns in
their etymology. “Wick” is the Anglo-Saxon
weoce, a rush or reed, but “wicked” is the
Anglo-Saxon waec or wac,
vile. So “méche” is the Latin
mywa -a wick, but “méchant” is the old
French meschéante, unlucky.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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