Bella

Old Norse Dictionary - bella

Meaning of Old Norse word "bella" in English.

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

bella
d, [A. S. bealdjan; Hel. beldjan], to deal with one in a certain way, esp. of unfair dealing; with dat., hvar viti menn slíku bellt við konungmann, who did ever see a king thus dealt with, Eg. 415; hvat skal ek göra við biskup, er slíku hefir bellt, … who has dared to deal thus, Orkn. 252; hver … mun hafa þessu bellt, at brjóta guð várn Bal, Stj. 391. Judges vi. 99; but more freq. in poetry, bella svikum, to deal in treason, Hallfreð; lygi, Þkv. 10; bragði, Am. 55; b. glaumi, gleði, to be in high spirits, Gkv. 2. 29; cp. mod. bralla, að, brellur, f. pl. tricks.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
dat.
dative.
esp.
especially.
f.
feminine.
freq.
frequent, frequently.
Hel.
Heliand.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
mod.
modern.
n.
neuter.
pl.
plural.
S.
Saga.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Am.
Atla-mál. (A. II.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Gkv.
Guðrúnar-kviða. (A. II.)
Orkn.
Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
Þkv.
Þryms-kviða. (A. I.)
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