As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- u, f. [Dan. pige; Swed. piga], a girl, lass, virgin; a for. word, of which the origin is uncertain, for it occurs for the first time in Norway about the end of the 14th century, and in Icel. in the 15th; píkan Margreta, the spinster M., D. n. iii. 420 (in a deed of 1378); unga píku, Skáld H. 5. 31; sveinninn nefndist Herrauðr, en píkan Herríðr, Fas. ii. 447 (a romance and ballad of the 15th century); píku-brot, Stef. Ól. (Snót 184); píku-skrækr, Snót 136. In Icel. the word is rare and rather low; it can hardly be used of a gentlewoman.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᛁᚴᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
Works & Authors cited:
- D. N.
- Diplomatarium Norvagicum. (J. II.)
- Fornaldar Sögur. (C. II.)
- Skáld H.
- Skáld Helga-rímur. (A. III.)
- Snót, poems.
- Stef. Ól.
- Stefán Ólafsson.
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