sveinur

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse sveinn, from Proto-Germanic *swaina-, *swainaz (relative, young man, servant), from Proto-Indo-European *se- (aside, separated, apart), whence also Old English swān (modern English swain), Old High German swein.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sveinur m (genitive singular sveins, plural sveinar)

  1. little boy
  2. old boy, bachelor
  3. servant, lackey
  4. journeyman, a tradesman or craftsman who has completed an apprenticeship

Declension[edit]

m6 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative sveinur sveinurin sveinar sveinarnir
Accusative svein sveinin sveinar sveinarnar
Dative sveini sveininum sveinum sveinunum
Genitive sveins sveinsins sveina sveinanna

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