Fífl

Old Norse Dictionary - fífl

Meaning of Old Norse word "fífl" in English.

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

fífl
m. [A. S. fifal = monster], a fool, clown, boor, Gísl. 46 sqq., Korm. 76, Sd. 176, FmS. vi. 217; fífl ok afglapi, ii. 156: the proverb, því er fífl að fátt er kennt, no wonder one is a fool, if one has never been taught; dala-fífl, a ‘dale-fool,’ one born and bred in a low dale, Gautr. S. (FaS. iii), ch. 1 sqq., Parcevals S.; for popular tales respecting such characters vide Ísl. ÞjóðS. ii. 505 sqq.; eldhús-fífl = Germ. asch-brödel; skáld-fífl, a poëtaster, Edda. fífls-ligr, adj. foolish; f. hjal, foolish talk, Flóv. 43.

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

Abbreviations used:

adj.
adjective.
A. S.
Anglo-Saxon.
ch.
chapter.
f.
feminine.
Germ.
German.
l.
line.
m.
masculine.
S.
Saga.
v.
vide.

Works & Authors cited:

Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fas.
Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
Flóv.
Flóvents Saga. (G. II.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Gautr.
Gautreks Saga. (C. II.)
Gísl.
Gísla Saga. (D. II.)
Ísl. Þjóðs.
Íslenzkar Þjóðsögur.
Korm.
Kormaks Saga. (D. II.)
Sd.
Svarfdæla Saga. (D. II.)
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