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Old Norse[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *gaizaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰays- (pointed stick, spear). Cognate with Old English gār, Old Frisian gēr, Old Saxon gēr, Old High German gēr.


geirr m

  1. spear
    • verse 16 of the Hávamál
      Ósnjallr maðr / hyggsk munu ey lifa,
      ef hann við víg varask;
      en elli gefr / hánum engi frið,
      þótt hánum geirar gefi.
      A cowardly man / believes he will live forever
      if he keep himself away from battle:
      but old age gives / him no peace
      though spears would.



  • Icelandic: geir
  • Norwegian Bokmål: geir
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: geir
  • Danish: ger


  • geirr”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press