Feta

Old Norse Dictionary - feta

Meaning of Old Norse word "feta" in English.

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

feta Old Norse word can mean:

feta
in old writers strong, pret. fat, pl. fátu; in mod. usage weak, fetaði, and so in paper MSS., FaS. iii. 492; fötuðu, BS. i. 291, is undoubtedly an error for fátu:
feta
I. to step, with the notion to find one’s way, of one walking in a fog or darkness,
feta
α. act. with acc.; feta braut, Eb. 208 (in a verse); feta leið (acc.), Grág. ii. 44; feta veg sinn, BS. l. c.; menn fátu trautt leið sína í sumum stöðum, Ann. 1300, cp. BS. i. 804.
feta
β. absol., feta burt ór völundar húsi, to find the way out of a labyrinth, Lil. 91; en svá fjarri ferr at ek feta (subj.) þangat, FaS. ii. 284; blindr ok fat eigi til dyranna, Orkn. 192; var ok svá at hann fat af því heim, Grett. 46 new Ed.; fátu þeir eigi heim, Fb. i. 97; ætlaði at hann mundi feta til síðarr, Landn. 146; ok fátu hvergi, and could not find the way, FaS. iii. 401.
feta
II. as an auxiliary verb with an infin.; hve ek yrkja fat, how I did make my poem, Höfuðl. 19; hve ek þylja fat, how I did speak, 3; faztú at árna, thou didst earn, Sighvat; ek fet smíða, I do (can) work, FmS. vi. 170; hann fat gerða, he did gird, Fagrsk. 48; ek fat kjósa, I did choose, Edda 229 (App.); ek fet inna, I do record, Rekst. 29, v. l.; this use, however, although freq. in the poets of the 10th century, became obsolete, and is never met with in prose.
feta
β. in mod. usage, to step, esp. in the phrase, feta í fótspor e-s, to step in one’s foot-prints; þó eg feginn feta vildi fótspor þín, PasS. 30. 10.

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

Abbreviations used:

l.
line.
mod.
modern.
pl.
plural.
pret.
preterite.
S.
Saga.
acc.
accusative.
act.
active.
cp.
compare.
l. c.
loco citato.
n.
neuter.
absol.
absolute, absolutely.
subj.
subjunctive.
freq.
frequent, frequently.
infin.
infinitive.
v.
vide.
v. l.
varia lectio.
esp.
especially.

Works & Authors cited:

Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Ann.
Íslenzkir Annálar. (D. IV.)
Eb.
Eyrbyggja Saga. (D. II.)
Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
Fb.
Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
Grett.
Grettis Saga. (D. II.)
Landn.
Landnáma. (D. I.)
Lil.
Lilja. (A. III.)
Orkn.
Orkneyinga Saga. (E. II.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fagrsk.
Fagrskinna. (K. I.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Höfuðl.
Höfuðlausn. (A. III.)
Pass.
Passiu-Sálmar.
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