gefa

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse gefa, from Proto-Germanic *gebaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰab(ʰ)-.

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gefa (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative gaf, third-person plural past indicative gáfu, supine gefið)

  1. (transitive, governs the accusative) to give something
    • Á Sprengisandi (“On Sprengisandur”) by Grímur Thomsen
      Ríðum, ríðum, rekum yfir sandinn,
      rökkrið er að síga á Herðubreið,
      álfadrottning er að beizla gandinn,
      ekki er gott að verða á hennar leið;
      vænsta klárinn vildi eg gefa til
      að vera kominn ofan í Kiðagil.
      Ride, ride, ride hard across the sands,
      darkness settles over Herðubreið.
      The Queen of the elves bridles her steed -
      be careful not to cross her path.
      My best horse I'd give
      to be safely back in Kiðagil.
  2. (ditransitive, governs the dative and accusative) to give somebody something

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gebaną (to give), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰab(ʰ)-. Cognate with Old English ġiefan, Old Frisian jeva, Old Saxon gevan, Old Dutch gevan, Old High German geban, Gothic 𐌲𐌹𐌱𐌰𐌽 (giban).

Verb[edit]

gefa (singular past indicative gaf, plural past indicative gáfu, past participle gefinn)

  1. to give

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