Á-kafi

Old Norse Dictionary - á-kafi

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

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

á-kafi Old Norse word can mean:

á-kafi
a, m. [ákafr], eagerness, vehemence; þá görðist svá mikill á. á, at …, it went to such an excess, that…, Nj. 62, Fms. i. 35, xi. 389; með á. miklum, vehemently, Eg. 457; í ákafa, adverbially, eagerly, impetuously, Nj. 70, Fms. xi. 117.
á-kafi
2. the gen. ákafa is prefixed,
á-kafi
α. to a great many adjectives, in the sense of a high degree, very, e. g. á. reiðr, furious, Fms. vii. 32, x. 173; á. fjölmennr, very numerous, Ísl. ii. 171; á. fögr, beautiful (of Helena), Ver. 25.
á-kafi
β. to some substantives; á. Drífa, a heavy snow drift, Sturl. iii. 20; á. maðr, an eager, hot, pushing man, Eg. 3, Fms. i. 19, vii. 257, Grett. 100 A: in this case the ákafa may nearly be regarded as an indecl. adjective.

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

Abbreviations used:

m.
masculine.
gen.
genitive.
n.
neuter.
e. g.
exempli gratia.
l.
line.
decl.
declined.
indecl.
indeclinable.

Works & Authors cited:

Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Ver.
Veraldar Saga. (E. II.)
Grett.
Grettis Saga. (D. II.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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