Dirfa

Old Norse Dictionary - dirfa

Meaning of Old Norse word "dirfa" in English.

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

dirfa
ð, (vide djarfr), to dare, always with the reflex. pronoun separated or suffixed, dirfask or d. sik, with infin. to dare, Fms. xi. 54, Ísl. ii. 331; d. sik til e-s, to take a thing to heart, Al. 88, 656 A. I. 36: reflex., dirfask, to dare; bændr dirfðusk mjök við Birkibeina, became bold, impudent, Fms. ix. 408; er þeir dirfðusk at hafa með höndum hans píslar-mark, vii. 195; engi maðr dirfðisk at kveðja þess, i. 83, K. Á. 114; dirfask í e-u, þá dirfðumk ek í ræðu ok spurningum, I grew more bold in speech, Sks. 5.

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

Abbreviations used:

infin.
infinitive.
l.
line.
n.
neuter.
reflex.
retlexive.

Works & Authors cited:

Al.
Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
K. Á.
Kristinn-réttr Árna biskups. (B. III.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
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