Deigja

Old Norse Dictionary - deigja

Meaning of Old Norse word "deigja" in English.

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

deigja Old Norse word can mean:

deigja
1. u, f. a dairy-maid; this word is the humble mother of the Engl. lady, qs. la-dy (vide p. 76. S. v. brauð). A. S. hlæf-dige = bread-maid; cp. Norse bú-deigja (q. v.). Chaucer’s dey (a maner dey), and West Engl. day- (or dey-) house, a dairy. The deigja in old Norse farms was the chief maid, but still a bondwoman, n. G. l. i. 70, H. E. i. 510; öll ertú d. dritin. LS. 56, where it is curiously enough addressed to the daughter of Byggvir (bygg = barley), a handmaid of the gods; deigja seems to mean a baker-woman, and the word no doubt is akin to deig, dough, and Goth. deigan, to knead, the same person being originally both dairy-woman and baker to the farm: in Icel. the word is never used, but it survives in the Norse bu-deia, sæter-deia, agtar-deia, reid-deia (Ivar Aasen), and Swed. deja, = a dairy-maid.
deigja
2. u, f. wetness, dump.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
Engl.
English.
f.
feminine.
gl.
glossary.
Goth.
Gothic.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
id.
idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
n.
neuter.
qs.
quasi.
q. v.
quod vide.
S.
Saga.
s. v.
sub voce.
Swed.
Swedish.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

H. E.
Historia Ecclesiastica Islandiae. (J. I.)
Ivar Aasen
Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
Ls.
Loka-senna. (A. I.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
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