< Old Norse, probably literally future, homonymous with skuld debt, bondage in payment of debt, derivative from root of skulu shall, must; cognate with Old English scyld, Old Saxon sculd, Old High German scult (German Schuld) Unabridged


noun Scandinavian Mythology.
any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd) the goddess of the present (Verdandi) and the goddess of the future (Skuld) Unabridged
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Norn1 (nɔːn)
Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
[C18: Old Norse]

Norn2 (nɔːn)
the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
[C17: from Old Norse norŕœna Norwegian, from northr north]

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1770, from O.N. norn (pl. nornir), one of the female fates of Scand. mythology, related to Swed. dial. norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ult. imitative of low murmuring (cf. M.H.G. narren "to growl, snarl").
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