Maka

Old Norse Dictionary - maka

Meaning of Old Norse word "maka" in English.

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

maka Old Norse word can mean:

maka
ð, [Engl. make; Germ. machen; a root word quite alien from the Northern languages, for of the three references below, two seem to be put into the month of foreigners trying to speak Norse]:—to make; in the phrase, ek ska1 maka honum háðung, I will ‘make shame’ to him, O. H. l. 45 (the persons in the story were prob. foreigners); maki enginn sukk, let none ‘make’ a disturbance, the words of John the Fleming in Bs. i. 801; byrjar oss at maka þessar þjóðir í várri dvöl með nokkurri venju, we ought to put them to some shame, Al. 119.
maka
2. to smear, grease, freq. in mod. usage, perh. derived from maka háðung above, or it may be quite a different word.

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

Abbreviations used:

Engl.
English.
Germ.
German.
gl.
glossary.
l.
line.
L.
Linnæus.
m.
masculine.
prob.
probably.
freq.
frequent, frequently.
mod.
modern.
perh.
perhaps.

Works & Authors cited:

Al.
Alexanders Saga. (G. I.)
Bs.
Biskupa Sögur. (D. III.)
O. H. L.
Ólafs Saga Helga Legendaria. (E. I.)
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