Forða

Old Norse Dictionary - forða

Meaning of Old Norse word "forða" in English.

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

forða Old Norse word can mean:

forða
að, prop. to ‘forth’ oneself, help oneself forth or forward, esp. to save one’s life, escape danger, with dat.; forða sér, Fms. i. 72, v. 87, Eg. 70, Finnb. 320, Magn. 458; haltú undan ok f. þér, Fb. iii. 407; forða fjörvi, lífi, to save one’s life, Hbl. 12, Fms. vi. 46, Grág. ii. 13: with a double dat., to be ware of a thing, sál mín þér fári f., pass. 11. 9, 16. 10; but usually, forða sér fyrir e-u, or við e-u.
forða
β. hví forðar þú enni hægri hendinni, why withholdest than thy right hand? 623. 17.
forða
II. reflex. to shun, escape, avoid, the thing avoided in acc., Fs. 180; forðask fund e-s, to shun one, Eb. 92, Fms. ii. 136; forðask forlögin, Fs. 24; ekki má f. þá (nothing can escape them) hvárki menn né dýr, Fms. i. 9: in pass. sense, Sks. 331 B: absol. to escape, Edda 21, Nj. 43, Fms. x. 290.

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

Abbreviations used:

dat.
dative.
esp.
especially.
f.
feminine.
l.
line.
n.
neuter.
prop.
proper, properly.
v.
vide.
absol.
absolute, absolutely.
acc.
accusative.
pass.
passive.
reflex.
retlexive.

Works & Authors cited:

Eg.
Egils Saga. (D. II.)
Fb.
Flateyjar-bók (E. I.)
Finnb.
Finnboga Saga. (D. V.)
Fms.
Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
Grág.
Grágás. (B. I.)
Hbl.
Harbarðs-ljóð. (A. I.)
Magn.
Magnús Saga jarls. (E. II.)
Pass.
Passiu-Sálmar.
Eb.
Eyrbyggja Saga. (D. II.)
Edda
Edda. (C. I.)
Fs.
Forn-sögur. (D. II.)
Nj.
Njála. (D. II.)
Sks.
Konungs Skugg-sjá. (H. II.)
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