Él

Old Norse Dictionary - él

Meaning of Old Norse word "él" in English.

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

él Old Norse word can mean:

él
n., spelt iel, Edda (Kb.) 72, Fms. xi. 136; él, Hom. 109; gen. dat. pl. éla, élum; mod. élja; éljum, inserting j; [cp. Dan. iling]:—a snow-shower; the proverb, öll él linna um síðir, every ‘él’ comes to an end; él eitt mun vera, ok skyldi langt til annars slíks, Nj. 200; þá görði él mikit ok illviðri, Fms. i. 175; élum ok hreggi, x. 135, xi. 136, 137; drífu-él, Orkn. 414; meðan él dró á, 396; í éli einnar stundar, 656 B. 12; él augna (poët.), tears, Edda 72.
él
β. metaph. a shock, uproar, Hom. 109: a hot fight, ok verðr et harðasta él, Fms. xi. 32. élja-drög, n. pl. (qs. élja-dróg, f. ?), streaks of snow-showers seen far off, etc.

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

Abbreviations used:

cp.
compare.
Dan.
Danish.
dat.
dative.
gen.
genitive.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
mod.
modern.
n.
neuter.
pl.
plural.
poët.
poetically.
etc.
et cetera.
f.
feminine.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
qs.
quasi.

Works & Authors cited:

Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Hom.
Homiliu-bók. (F. II.)
Kb.
Konungs-bók. (B. I, C. I, etc.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Orkn.
Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
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