Af-tak

Old Norse Dictionary - af-tak

Meaning of Old Norse word "af-tak" in English.

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

af-tak Old Norse word can mean:

af-tak
n.
af-tak
1. gener. taking away, B. K. 108.
af-tak
2. ‘taking off’ (Shaksp.), slaying, executing; hvat hann vill bjóða fyrir a. Geirsteins, compensation for the slaughter of G., Fms. vii. 360; en a. hans (slaying) segja eigi allir einum hætti, x. 390; með aftaki Ólafs, by slaying him, 195; um manna aftök, executions,l. 137: cp. aftaka, and taka af, to execute, behead.
af-tak
3. in pl. commonly used of,
af-tak
α. flat denial, in such phrases as, hafa aftök um e-t, to deny flatly. In some compds this signification can be traced, as in aftaka-minni, Fms. i. 139.
af-tak
β. it is also now used in many compds of whatever is excessive, above all measure, e. g. aftaka-veðr, a hurricane.
af-tak
COMPDS: aftaksskjöldr, aftakamaðr, aftakaminni.

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

Abbreviations used:

n.
neuter.
gener.
generally.
cp.
compare.
l.
line.
pl.
plural.
e. g.
exempli gratia.

Works & Authors cited:

B. K.
Björgynjar Kálfskinn. (J. II.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Gþl.
Gulaþings-lög. (B. II.)
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