Á-gjarn

Old Norse Dictionary - á-gjarn

Meaning of Old Norse word "á-gjarn" in English.

As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:

á-gjarn
adj. ambitious; er eruð ágjarnir heima í héraði ok ranglatir, ambitious and wrongful, Nj. 223, Orkn. 38, 66; á. ok fégjarn, ambitious and covetous, Fms. xi. 294, Hkr. ii. 146; á. til ríkis, iii. 174; á. til fjár, covetous, Fms. xi. 440, Orkn. 66: dauntless, fierce, kappar ugjarnir ok óhræddir, fierce and fearless champions, Fms. x. 179; hógværir í friði sem lamb, en í úfriði á. (fierce) sem leon, viii. 253. The use since the Reformation is solely that of avaricious, greedy after money.

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅ-ᚴᛁᛅᚱᚾ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
n.
neuter.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Hkr.
Heimskringla. (E. I.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Orkn.
Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
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