GeiflaOld Norse Dictionary - geifla
Meaning of Old Norse word "geifla" in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- að, [cp. A. S. geaflas = grinders], to mumble with the lips; gömlum kennu vér nú Goðanum at g. á saltinu, see how we teach the old Godi to mumble the salt, BS. i. 25;—it was usual to put salt into the mouth of neophytes when baptized as a symbol of the words (Matth. v. 13) ‘ye are the salt of the earth,’ vide Bingham’s Origg. iv. 39:—metaph. to mutter, þótt þú geiflir slíkt, Grett. 116 (MS.):—geifla sig, to make a wry mouth as if about to cry.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚴᛁᛁᚠᛚᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- metaphorical, metaphorically.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Grettis Saga. (D. II.)
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