hyge

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hugaz: cognate with Old Saxon hugi, Old High German hugu, hugi, Old Norse hugr, Modern Norwegian hug, Modern Swedish håg, Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌲𐍃 (hugs).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hyġe m (nominative plural hyġas)

  1. (poetic) thought, mind, mood, desire, inclination
    Forþon is min hyge geomor. Therefore my thought is sad. (‘The Wife's Lament’)
    ne biþ him to hearpan hyge. He has no desire/mind for the harp. (‘The Seafarer’)

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