As if we did not know, the OED tells us this word is not in decent use, but this applies only from the 18th century onwards. Before this it was a perfectly respectable word and was part of Standard English. As both noun and verb, it is a very old word that has its roots in several Old Norse and Germanic languages. It is first cited in English from the 1300s. Geoffrey Chaucer uses both the noun and verb liberally throughout Canterbury Tales c.1387.