Blautr

Old Norse Dictionary - blautr

Meaning of Old Norse word "blautr" in English.

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

blautr Old Norse word can mean:

blautr
adj. [A. S. bleât = miser; Germ. blozs = nudus; Scot. blait = nudus (Jamieson); Dan. blöd; Swed. blödig = soft; the Dan. and Swed. blott, blotted, = stripped, are borrowed from Germ.; Ivar Aasen distinguishes between blaú = shy, and blaut = wet, damp; blauðr and blautr are no doubt only variations of the same word].
blautr
I. soft, Lat. mollis, in a good sense; this sense of the word remains only in a few compds, v. above, and in a few phrases, e. g. frá blautu barns beini, from babyhood, FmS. iii. 155, Magn. 522, Al. 71; b. fiskr, fresh (soft) fish, BS. i. 853, opp. to harðr (dried) fiskr; in Swed., however, it means soaked fish: in poetry, b. sæing, a soft bed, Gísl. (in a verse): of stuffs, but only in less classical writers or translated romances; b. purpuri, Bret. 32; lerépt, SkS. 400 A; dúnn, Mart. 126; blautir vindar, soft breezes, SkS. 214 B: a single exception is, Edda 19, fjöturinn var sléttr ok b. sem silkiræma, soft and smooth as silk lace.
blautr
2. = blauðr, faint, imbecile; blautir menn, Al. 34, FaS. i. 161: a paraphrasis of blauðr in Fm. 6.
blautr
II. but commonly metaph. = soaked, wet, miry, [cp. Swed. blöt, and the phrase, lägga sit hufuud í blöt, to beat one’s brains: cp. also bleyta, mud; bloti, thaw; blotna, to melt]; þar vóru vellir blautir, því at regn höfðu verit, Eg. 528; keldur blautar, 266; þeir fengu ekki blautt um Valbjarnar-völlu, BS. i. 509, etc.; cp. Scot. and North. E. soft road, soft weather, = wet, Scott’s Black Dwarf, ch. 3 note.

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

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
Dan.
Danish.
Germ.
German.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
S.
Saga.
Scot.
Scottish.
Swed.
Swedish.
e. g.
exempli gratia.
l.
line.
Lat.
Latin.
opp.
opposed.
v.
vide.
ch.
chapter.
cp.
compare.
etc.
et cetera.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
North. E.
Northern English.

Works & Authors cited:

Ivar Aasen
Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
Al.
Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
Bret.
Breta Sögur. (G. I.)
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Gísl.
Gísla Saga. (D. II.)
Magn.
Magnús Saga jarls. (E. II.)
Mart.
Martinus Saga. (F. III.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Fm.
Fafnis-mál. (A. II.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
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