As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
deigja Old Norse word can mean:
- 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.
- 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
- A. S.
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
- idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
- q. v.
- quod vide.
- s. v.
- sub voce.
Works & Authors cited:
- H. E.
- Historia Ecclesiastica Islandiae. (J. I.)
- Ivar Aasen
- Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
- Loka-senna. (A. I.)
- N. G. L.
- Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
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This headword also appears in dictionaries of other languages descending from Old Norse.