As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- m. a law term, a ‘loose-man,’ able-bodied labourer who has no fixed home, Jb. 350, (thus opp. to griðmaðr or maðr í vist); hann var lausamaðr, ok var vistum (had his temporary abode) á Stokkahlöðum, Sturl. ii. 67; bændr ok lausir menn, Fs. 23: hence a tramp, vagabond, strákar ok lausa-menn, Bs. i. 807.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛚᛅᚢᛋᛅ-ᛘᛅᚦᚱ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
Works & Authors cited:
- Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
- Forn-sögur. (D. II.)
- Jóns-bók. (B. III.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
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