As defined by the Cleasby & Vigfusson Old Norse to English dictionary:
tefja Old Norse word can mean:
- tef, tafði, tafit, [töf], to hinder, delay; tefja fyrir e-m, hann tafði fyrir oss hvíldina, FmS. ii. 140, Fær. 149, (Sturl. iii. 56 read kafði for tafði): freq. in mod. usage, tefðu mig ekki, do not interrupt, disturb me, of a person when busy and wanting to be let alone.
- 2. reflex., eg tafðist, I was delayed.
- B. [Dan. tæve], a bitch, an altogether different word; in Clem. 44, tefr hann Tý, níðir hann Njörð, he calls Ty (the god) a bitch; cp. grey þykkir mér Freyja, in a verse in Kristni S.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᛁᚠᛁᛅ
Younger Futhark runes were used from 8th to 12th centuries in Scandinavia and their overseas settlements
- frequent, frequently.
Works & Authors cited:
- Fornmanna Sögur. (E. I.)
- Færeyinga Saga. (E. II.)
- Sturlunga Saga. (D. I.)
- Clements Saga. (F. III.)
- Kristni S.
- Kristni Saga. (D. I. III.)
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This headword also appears in dictionaries of other languages descending from Old Norse.