As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
hvé Old Icelandic word can mean:
- 1) how, in what manner (hvé fór með þeim?); h. heitir þú? how art thou named?;
- 2) qualifying an a. or adv., how, to what extent; h. gamall maðr hann væri, how old he was; þeir vissu eigi, h. fram var, they did not know the time of day; h. nær? when? (hvé nær mun hann heim koma?).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᚼᚢᛁ
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