Dreifa

Old Norse Dictionary - dreifa

Meaning of Old Norse word "dreifa" in English.

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

dreifa Old Norse word can mean:

dreifa
ð, [Ulf. draibjan; v. drífa], to scatter, disperse, with dat.; dreifðu þeir þá öllu liðinu. Nj. 207, Hkr. i. 250; er þú dreifðir svá mjök frá þér fjölmenni því er …, Fms. vii. 182: metaph. to divert, d. hug e-s, Hom. 38: with the notion of violence, to scatter, Post. 656 C. 14: to strew, tak duft ok dreif á sárit, Pröver 471: to sprinkle, d. vatni, Fms. i. 262, Ísl. ii. 403. Barl. 185: adding acc. of the person, d. e-n blóði, to bedabble with blood, Am. 19; ok dreifir þá meðr blóðinu, Stj. 78.
dreifa
β. with acc. to disperse, dissolve; dreifðum vér Guðs óvini (acc.), 655 xxxii; vóru dreifð öll bein hans, 623. 33 (very rarely); vera dreifðr við e-ð, to be mixed up with a thing, (mod.)
dreifa
II. reflex. to be spread out, Eg. 530; of the branches of a tree, Edda 10: orð dreifask (gramm.), words are derived from, Skálda 205.

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

Abbreviations used:

acc.
accusative.
dat.
dative.
f.
feminine.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
Ulf.
Ulfilas.
v.
vide.
mod.
modern.
gramm.
grammar.
reflex.
retlexive.

Works & Authors cited:

Am.
Atla-mál. (A. II.)
Barl.
Barlaams Saga. (F. III.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Hkr.
Heimskringla. (E. I.)
Hom.
Homiliu-bók. (F. II.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Post.
Postula Sögur. (F. III.)
Stj.
Stjórn. (F. I.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Skálda
Skálda. (H. I.)
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