Byrja

Old Icelandic Dictionary - byrja

Meaning of Old Icelandic word "byrja" in English.

As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):

byrja Old Icelandic word can mean:

byrja
I)
byrja
(að), v.
byrja
1) to originate (ór himninum ~st öll gœzka);
byrja
2) to beget esp. in pass., ~st, to be begotten (á þeirri sömu nótt sem hann ~ðist);
byrja
3) to enter upon, begin;
byrja
~ ferð sína, to begin one’s journey;
byrja
4) ~ mál es, to plead (support) one’s cause (ek skal ~ þitt mál sem ek kann);
byrja
~ rœðu, to deliver a speech (= flytja rœðu);
byrja
hefir þú fram ~t (stated) erendi þitt.
byrja
II)
byrja
(að), v. impers. with dat. to behove, beseem;
byrja
sem ~ (as it behoves) hlýðnum syni;
byrja
sem þeim ~ði at manntali, in due proportion to their number.
byrja
III)
byrja
(að), v. impers., em ~r vel (illa), one gets fair (foul) wind (~ði þeim vel um haustit).

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛒᚢᚱᛁᛅ

Abbreviations used:

esp.
especially.
pass.
passive.
dat.
dative.
impers.
impersonal.
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