Döf

Old Norse Dictionary - döf

Meaning of Old Norse word "döf" (or dǫf) in English.

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

döf Old Norse word can mean:

döf (dǫf)
f., pl. dafar, the rump, Scot. doup; hér yfir skipunum uppi mættusk döfin ok höfuðit dýrsins (of a bear), Fas. ii. 172, while 510 has dausin; cp. Norse dov = rump, Ivar Aasen.
döf (dǫf)
2. a kind of spear, Edda (Gl.), Akv. 4, 14.
döf (dǫf)
II. [cp. dafna, and Swed. däfven = moist], suck (?) and metaph. rest, in the poët. phrase, vær döf, sweet rest; milli Belindar brjósta-kúlna búið hefi eg þér væra döf, Grönd. 67; hreppa væra döf, sweet rest (of one dead), Feðga-æfi, 83 (in a verse).

Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, döf may be more accurately written as dǫf.

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

Abbreviations used:

cp.
compare.
f.
feminine.
l.
line.
n.
neuter.
pl.
plural.
Scot.
Scottish.
v.
vide.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
poët.
poetically.
Swed.
Swedish.

Works & Authors cited:

Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Ivar Aasen
Ivar Aasen’s Dictionary, 1850.
Akv.
Atla-kviða. (A. II.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Grönd.
Benedikt Gröndal.
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