GígjaOld Norse Dictionary - gígja
Meaning of Old Norse word "gígja" in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- u, f. [Germ. geige; mid. H. G. gîge; old Fr. gigue; and to jig in Scot. means to play the fiddle, while in Engl. a jig is a lively dance]:—a fiddle, Stj. 181, Hkr. ii. 136, cp. Yngl. S. ch. 25, FmS. vii. 97 (in a verse); this instrument was known at an early age, as a lawyer in Icel. in the first part of the 10th century was called gígja, prob. because of his eloquent pleading or his clear voice, Nj., Landn.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚴᛁᚴᛁᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- French in etymologies.
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
- idem, referring to the passage quoted or to the translation
- mid. H. G.
- middle High German.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Fritzner’s Dictionary, 1867.
- Heimskringla. (E. I.)
- Landnáma. (D. I.)
- Njála. (D. II.)
- Stjórn. (F. I.)
- Yngl. S.
- Ynglinga Saga. (C. II.)