Blíðr

Old Norse Dictionary - blíðr

Meaning of Old Norse word "blíðr" in English.

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

blíðr
adj. [Ulf. bleiþs, οικτίρμων, misericors; and bleiþi, οικτίρμός; gableiþjan, οικτείρειν; A. S. bliðe; Engl. blithe; Hel. blithi = clarus, laetus]:—in usage, mild, gentle, soft; blíðr is a word of endearment, but as it denotes the outward expression of mildness in the eyes, look, voice, it also has a bad sense, bland, fawning, enticing: alliterative proverb, blíð er bætandi hönd; b. ok þekkr, BS. i. 131; b. orð, FmS. x. 292; b. ok kátr, Eg. 45; blíð ok eptirmál, mild and charming, of a wife, Nj. 13: of the air, blítt veðr, mild, balmy, FmS. ii. 76, vi. 378: metaph., blítt ok strítt, whether it pleases or not, in fine weather or foul, Sturl. i. 193; fyrir blíðu né stríðu, neither by fair nor foul means, 625. 95: agreeable, eigi blíð baksletta, Al. 90; e-m er blíðara, ‘tis more pleasant for one, one is better pleased, FmS. x. 353.

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

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
Engl.
English.
f.
feminine.
gl.
glossary.
Hel.
Heliand.
l.
line.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
S.
Saga.
Ulf.
Ulfilas.

Works & Authors cited:

Al.
Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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