hætta

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse hætta, from Proto-Germanic *hanhtijǭ.

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hætta f (genitive singular hættu, nominative plural hættur)

  1. danger
  2. hazard, jeopardy
  3. peril
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse hætta, from Proto-Germanic *hanhtijaną. In the sense “stop” an unstressed prefix has likely been dropped, perhaps *ab-.

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hætta (weak verb, third-person singular past indicative hætti, supine hætt)

  1. (transitive, governs dative) to risk (put at risk), jeopardize
  2. (transitive, intransitive, governs dative) to quit, stop, cease, cut out, discontinue
    Ég hættireykja.
    I stopped smoking.
    Hættu!
    Stop!
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