skaldship

skald

[skawld, skahld]
noun
one of the ancient Scandinavian poets.
Also, scald.


Origin:
1755–65; < Old Norse skāld poet

skaldic, adjective
skaldship, noun
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skald or scald (skɔːld)
 
n
(in ancient Scandinavia) a bard or minstrel
 
[from Old Norse, of unknown origin]
 
scald or scald
 
n
 
[from Old Norse, of unknown origin]
 
'skaldic or scald
 
adj
 
'scaldic or scald
 
adj

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skald
1763, "Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times," from O.N. skald "skald, poet" (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE base *sekw- "to say, utter." The modern word is an antiquarian revival. "Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of the Viking period and down to c 1250, but
often without any clear idea as to their function and the character of their work." [OED]
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