Au-kvisi

Old Norse Dictionary - au-kvisi

Meaning of Old Norse word "au-kvisi" in English.

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

au-kvisi
a, m. [prop. auð-kvisi, from auð, easy, and kveistinn, touchy; cp. kveisa, f. ulcus, dolor]; in old writers it is spelt with au or av, and sometimes with a double k, ökkvisi, BS. i. 497 vellum MS. A. m. 499; auðkvisi, Ld. 236 C and the vellum MS. A. m. 122 A to Sturl. ii. 8; aukvisi, MS. 122 B; O. H. (Ed. 1853) reads aucvisi; it means a weakly, irritable, touchy person. Used esp. in the proverb, einn er au. ættar hverrar, cp. the Engl. there is a black sheep in every flock, Hkr. ii. 238: mun ek son minn láta heita Gizur; lítt hafa þeir aukvisar verit í Haukdæla ætt er svá hafa heitið hér til, Sturl. ii. 8, at the birth of earl Gizur. [The name Gizur was a famous name in this family, Gizur hviti, Gizur biskup, Gizur Hallsson, etc.]

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

Abbreviations used:

cp.
compare.
Engl.
English.
esp.
especially.
etc.
et cetera.
f.
feminine.
gl.
glossary.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
prop.
proper, properly.
S.
Saga.

Works & Authors cited:

A. M.
Arna-Magnacanus.
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Hkr.
Heimskringla. (E. I.)
Ld.
Laxdæla Saga. (D. II.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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