Fáni

Old Norse Dictionary - fáni

Meaning of Old Norse word "fáni" in English.

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

fáni
a, m. [Ulf. fana; A. S. fana; Hel. and O. H. G. fano; Germ. fahne; Lat. pannus]:—a standard, gunn-fáni, Hbl. 40, etc.; else it is rare and hardly used in old prose; even in old poetry vé is the usual word:—metaph. a buoyant, high-flying person is now called fáni; so, fána-ligr, adj. buoyant; fána-skapr, m. buoyancy in mind or temper; the sense given under ‘metaph.’ belongs no doubt to a different word, borrowed in the 15th century from the Engl. fawn; thus fánast uppá e-n = Engl. to fawn upon.

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

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
Engl.
English.
etc.
et cetera.
f.
feminine.
Germ.
German.
gl.
glossary.
Hel.
Heliand.
l.
line.
Lat.
Latin.
m.
masculine.
metaph.
metaphorical, metaphorically.
n.
neuter.
O. H. G.
Old High German.
S.
Saga.
Ulf.
Ulfilas.

Works & Authors cited:

Hbl.
Harbarðs-ljóð. (A. I.)
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