HössOld Norse Dictionary - höss
Meaning of Old Norse word "höss" (or hǫss) in English.
As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- höss (hǫss)
- adj., acc. hösvan, with a characteristic v; [A. S. hasu, gen. hasweg and haswig; Engl. hazy; Lat. caesius]:—gray, of a wolf; úlfr enn hösvi, Em. 6; hösvan serk hrísgrisnis, a gray wolf’s coat, Hl., Edda 86; höss örn, a gray eagle, FmS. vi. 159 (in a verse); and höss sverð, a dusky sword blade (or = hvöss?), Lex. Poët.: in pr. names, Hös-kollr, in common pronunciation Höskuldr, the gray Coll; the old form is freq. presented in good MSS., e. g. Arna-Magn. 468, as also in the old ditty, trautt man ek trúa þér | troll kvað Höskollr, Sturl. ii. 136; but that even in the 13th century the name was pronounced as at the present day is shewn by the pun in the words Höskuld and haustskuld, Sturl. iii. 216. The word is quite obsolete, and does not occur elsewhere in prose.
Orthography: The Cleasby & Vigfusson book used letter ö to represent the original Old Norse vowel ǫ. Therefore, höss may be more accurately written as hǫss.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᛋᛋ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- A. S.
- e. g.
- exempli gratia.
- frequent, frequently.
- proper, properly.
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Works & Authors cited:
- Edda. (C. I.)
- Eiríks-mál. (A. III.)
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Lex. Poët.
- Lexicon Poëticum by Sveinbjörn Egilsson, 1860.
- Magnús Saga jarls. (E. II.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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