As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
- u, f. [skeifr], a horse-shoe, Þiðr. 105; hálf-s., a broken horse-shoe; skafla-s., a sharp-shoe: metaph., það er skeifu-mynd á e-u, it is in the shape of a s., it is crooked, askew, goes wrong, Sturl. ii. 93 (in a verse); mod., það er skeifu-lag á því: as a nickname, Sturl. ii. 120: skeifa is rare in old writers, but is the common word in mod. Icel. use; the ancients said skór, a shoe.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛋᚴᛁᛁᚠᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- Iceland, Icelander, Icelanders, Icelandic.
- metaphorical, metaphorically.
Works & Authors cited:
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
- Þiðreks Saga. (G. I.)
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