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Old Norse[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *fiskaz ‎(fish). Cognate with Old English fisc, Old Frisian fisk, Old Saxon fisk, Old Dutch fisk, visc, Old High German fisk, Gothic fisks ‎(fisks). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peysḱ-.


  • (12th century Icelandic) IPA(key): /ˈfiskr̩/


fiskr m (genitive fisks, plural fiskar)

  1. a fish
    • Grágás, in 1829, J. F. W. Schlegel, Hin forna lögbok islendinga sem nefnist Gragas, Volume II. Copenhagen, page 345:
      Veiþa a hverr maþr fugla oc fisca a landi sino []
      Every man is to hunt down birds and fish on his own land []


Derived terms[edit]


  • Norwegian Bokmål: fisk m
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: fisk m
  • Swedish: fisk c (Old Swedish fisker m)


  • fiskr in An Icelandic-English Dictionary, R. Cleasby and G. Vigfússon, Clarendon Press, 1874, at Internet Archive.
  • fiskr in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.