brennt barn forðast eldinn

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From brennt the neuter of brenndur (burnt) and barn (child) and forðast (shuns, avoids, steer clear of) and eldinn (the fire) the accusative definite form of eldur (fire). Literally meaning "a burnt child steers clear of the fire" or "a child burnt shuns the fire".

Proverb[edit]

brennt barn forðast eldinn

  1. once bitten, twice shy