As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- f. poverty, Barl. 8, Stj. 212, 421; old writers prefer fátæki, which is now obsolete, but in mod. usage fátækt is a standing word; snauðr, q. v., is only used in a peculiar sense; fátækt (from fár and taka) properly means ‘few-taking,’ having little between the hands, hence poverty, want; it occurs in many compds.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚠᛅ-ᛏᛅᚴᛏ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- q. v.
- quod vide.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Barlaams Saga. (F. III.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)