Býsna

Old Norse Dictionary - býsna

Meaning of Old Norse word "býsna" in English.

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

býsna
að, to portend, bode; þetta býsnar tjón ok sorg, Karl. 492; the proverb, býsna skal til batnaðar, i. e. things must be worse before they are better, Old Engl. ‘when bale is highest, bote is nighest,’ Fms. v. 199, (spelt bisna, O. H. l.); er býsna skal at betr verði, x. 261.

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

Abbreviations used:

Engl.
English.
gl.
glossary.
i. e.
id est.
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
s. v.
sub voce.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Karl.
Karla-magnús Saga. (G. I.)
O. H. L.
Ólafs Saga Helga Legendaria. (E. I.)
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