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Norse

[nawrs] /nɔrs/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to ancient Scandinavia, its inhabitants, or their language.
2.
Norwegian (def 1).
noun
3.
(used with a plural verb) the Norwegians, especially the ancient Norwegians.
4.
(used with a plural verb) the Northmen or ancient Scandinavians generally.
5.
the Norwegian language, especially in its older forms.
Compare Old Norse.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; perhaps < Dutch noorsch, obsolete variant of noordsch (now noords), equivalent to noord north + -sch -ish1. Compare Norwegian, Swedish, Danish Norsk Norwegian, Norse
Related forms
non-Norse, adjective, noun, plural non-Norse.
pre-Norse, adjective
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  • This form of amok appears to resemble the berserker of the Norse.
British Dictionary definitions for Norse

Norse

/nɔːs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient and medieval Scandinavia or its inhabitants
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Norway
noun
3.
  1. the N group of Germanic languages, spoken in Scandinavia; Scandinavian
  2. any one of these languages, esp in their ancient or medieval forms See also Proto-Norse, Old Norse
4.
(functioning as pl) the Norse
  1. the Norwegians
  2. the Vikings
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Word Origin and History for Norse
n.

1590s, "a Norwegian," from obsolete Dutch Noorsch (adj.) "Norwegian," from noordsch "northern, nordic," from noord "north" (see north). Also in some cases borrowed from cognate Danish or Norwegian norsk. As a language, from 1680s. Old Norse attested from 1844. An Old English word for "a Norwegian" was Norðman. As an adjective from 1768.

In Old French, Norois as a noun meant "a Norse, Norseman," also "action worth of a man from the North (i.e. usually considered as deceitful)" [Hindley, et. al.]; as an adjective it meant "northern, Norse, Norwegian," also "proud, fierce, fiery, strong."

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