Barna-karl

Old Norse Dictionary - barna-karl

Meaning of Old Norse word "barna-karl" in English.

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

barna-karl
m. child’s friend, nickname of an old pirate; hann var víkingr mikill, hann lét eigi henda börn á spjótsoddum sem þá var víkingum títt, því var hann b. kallaðr, he was a great pirate, but he did not spit babies as pirates then used to do, wherefore he was called b., Landn. 308; in mod. usage, one who has many children, mesti b.

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

Abbreviations used:

m.
masculine.
mod.
modern.
n.
neuter.

Works & Authors cited:

Landn.
Landnáma. (D. I.)
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