Drífa

Old Icelandic Dictionary - drífa

Meaning of Old Icelandic word "drífa" in English.

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

drífa Old Icelandic word can mean:

drífa
I)
drífa
(dríf; dreif, drifum; drifinn), v.
drífa
1) to drift, drive like spray or snow (þá drífr snær ór öllum áttum); fig. of missles, to shower, fly, like flakes of snow (láta ~ skot, vápn, á e-n); veðr var ~nda, there was a great snow-storm; esp. impers. with dat., dreif sandinn, the sand drifted; lauðri dreif á lypting útan, the spray drove over the poop; þegar dreif í Löginn krömmu, there fell wet snow in the Lake, it began to sleet;
drífa
2) to crowd, throng, rush; þá drífr ofan mannfjöldi mikill til strandar, a great crowd rushes down to the shore; dreif allt fólk á hans fund, all people crowded to see him; tóku menn þá at ~ brott frá hertoganum, men began to desert the duke; ~ yfir e-n, to befall, happen to one;
drífa
refl., láta yfir ~st (= ~ yfir sik), to yield, give in (rán ok útlegðir þeirra manna, er eigi létu yfir ~);
drífa
3) to perform; ~ leik, to play; en í annan stað á ek at ~ mikinn vanda, I am in a hard strait;
drífa
4) to besprinkle with (e-t e-u döggu drifinn).
drífa
II)
drífa
f. fall of snow, snowdrift (skotvápn flugu svá þykt sem ~).

Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᚱᛁᚠᛅ

Abbreviations used:

dat.
dative.
esp.
especially.
impers.
impersonal.
e-t
eitthvat.
e-u
einhverju.
f.
feminine.
Back