Bifast

Old Norse Dictionary - bifast

Meaning of Old Norse word "bifast" in English.

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

bifast Old Norse word can mean:

bifast
ð, mod. að, dep. [Gr. φεβ-, φόβος, cp. Lat. paveo, febris; A. S. beofan; Germ. beben], to shake, to tremble:
bifast
1. in old writers only dep., bifðisk, Þkv. 13, Hkv. 23, Þd. 17; bifaðist, Gísl. 60, Grett. 114: to fear, en þó bifast aldri hjartað, Al. 80.
bifast
2. in mod. usage also act. to move, of something very heavy, with dat., e. g. eg gat ekki bifað því, I could not move it.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
dep.
deponent.
Germ.
German.
Gr.
Greek.
Lat.
Latin.
m.
masculine.
mod.
modern.
S.
Saga.
l.
line.
v.
vide.
act.
active.
dat.
dative.
e. g.
exempli gratia.

Works & Authors cited:

Al.
Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
Gísl.
Gísla Saga. (D. II.)
Grett.
Grettis Saga. (D. II.)
Hkv.
Helga-kviða Hundingsbana. (A. II.)
Þd.
Þórs-drápa. (A. I.)
Þkv.
Þryms-kviða. (A. I.)
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