As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
hœfa Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (-ða, -ðr), v.
- 1) to hit, with acc. (þeir hœfa aldri dýr); hann hœfði allt þat, er hann skaut til, he never missed his mark; h. til, to aim; svá hafði smiðrinn til hœft, so well had he aimed;
- 2) to fit, with dat. (hœfðu Kjartani þau klæði allvel);
- 3) to behove, be meet (eigi hœfir at drepa svá fagran svein); svá hœfir eigi, segir Ulfr, that will not do, said U.; h. e-m, to be meet for one;
- 4) refl., hœfast, to fit each other, to correspond; spjótit mun h. ok sár þat, the shaft and the wound will correspond; h. á, to agree in time, coincide.
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᚠᛅ
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