Dýfa

Old Norse Dictionary - dýfa

Meaning of Old Norse word "dýfa" in English.

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

dýfa
ð, [cp. Goth. daupjan = βαπτίζειν; O. H. G. taufjan; Germ. taufen; Dan. döbe; A. S. dyppan, akin to djúpr; cp. also dúfa, a billow; all these words are akin, but the Engl. dive is the same word]:—to dip, with dat.; d. e-m í vatn, to dip one into water, Hom. 139, K. Á. 6, cp. n. G. l. i. 339; d. sér, to dive: the word is now freq., but rare in old writers, who preferred drepa; in Germ. etc. it is only used in the sense of christening = baptizare, prop. to dip into water, but never so in the Icel., which renders baptize by skira.

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

Abbreviations used:

A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
cp.
compare.
Dan.
Danish.
dat.
dative.
Engl.
English.
etc.
et cetera.
freq.
frequent, frequently.
Germ.
German.
gl.
glossary.
Goth.
Gothic.
Icel.
Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
m.
masculine.
n.
neuter.
O. H. G.
Old High German.
prop.
proper, properly.
S.
Saga.

Works & Authors cited:

Hom.
Homiliu-bók. (F. II.)
K. Á.
Kristinn-réttr Árna biskups. (B. III.)
N. G. L.
Norges Gamle Love. (B. II.)
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