Býsn

Old Norse Dictionary - býsn

Meaning of Old Norse word "býsn" in English.

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

býsn
n. [cp. A. S. bysen, bisen, which means example, whilst the Icel. word means] a wonder, a strange and portentous thing; commonly Used in pl., urðu hverskonar býsn, 625. 42; þar sem þessi býsn (acc. pl.) bar fyrir, FmS. xi. 13; þetta eru stór býsn, 64; slíkt eru banvæn býsn, FaS. iii. 13 (in a verse); sing., FmS. xi. 10, 64: in mod. use fem. sing., Fb. i. 212, Pr. 76, 91; býsna-veðr, portentous weather, FmS. iii. 137; býsna-vetr, a winter of portents, when many ghosts and goblins were about, BS., Sturl. i. 115; býsna-sumar, in the same sense, Ann. 1203. In mod. use býsna- is prefixed to a great many words in the sense of pretty, tolerably, Germ. ziemlich; býsna-vel, b. góðr, langr, fljótr, pretty well, pretty good, etc. in early writers the sense is much stronger.

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

Abbreviations used:

acc.
accusative.
A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
etc.
et cetera.
fem.
feminine.
Germ.
German.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
mod.
modern.
n.
neuter.
pl.
plural.
S.
Saga.
sing.
singular.

Works & Authors cited:

Ann.
Íslenzkir Annálar. (D. IV.)
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Fb.
Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Sturl.
Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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