DugaOld Icelandic Dictionary - duga
Meaning of Old Icelandic word "duga" in English.
As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
duga Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-ða, -at), v.
- 1) to help, aid, support, with dat.;
- ~ e-m at or við, to succour, lend help (Gísli fór at ~ þeim við);
- 2) to do, suffice;
- þat er þér man ~, which will do for thee;
- hefir oss þó dugat þessi átrúnaðr, this faith has served us very well;
- fátt er svá illt at einugi dugi, few things are utterly useless;
- mun þér eigi þat ~ at sofa hér, it will not do (is not safe) for thee to sleep here;
- 3) absol., to show prowess, do good service;
- dugði hverr sem hann mátti, every one did his best;
- 4) to suffice, be strong enough;
- ef þitt œði dugir, if thy wit suffices;
- ef vitni duga, if the witnesses fail not.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛏᚢᚴᛅ
- absolute, absolutely.
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