Aptan

Old Norse Dictionary - aptan

Meaning of Old Norse word "aptan" in English.

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

aptan Old Norse word can mean:

aptan
and aftan, adv. prop. from behind, behind, opp. to framan; augu a. í hnakka, N. G. l. i. 339; a. á milli herða, Vígl. 26; þá greip hann a. undir hendr honum (from behind), Eg. 747; hala sem leo, ok gadd í a., … at the tip of the tail, Al. 168: now aptan í is opp. to framan í.
aptan
II. fyrir a., as prep. with acc., behind, opp. to fyrir framan; ek hjó varginn í sundr fyrir a. bóguna, I hewed the wolf in sunder, just behind the withers, Nj. 95; standa fyrir a., to stand behind, Fas. ii. 516.
aptan
β. a. at, with dat.; ganga, koma a. at e-m, to approach from behind.

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

Abbreviations used:

adv.
adverb.
gl.
glossary.
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
opp.
opposed.
prop.
proper, properly.
v.
vide.
acc.
accusative.
dat.
dative.

Works & Authors cited:

Al.
Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
Vígl.
Víglundar Saga. (D. V.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
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