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From Proto-Germanic *haimaz (home, house, village). Cognate with Old English hām, Old Frisian hām, hēm, Old Saxon hēm, Old Dutch hēm, Old High German heim, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌹𐌼𐍃 (haims). See also Finnish heimo. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱóymos (village, home), *(t)ḱoimos (settlement, dwelling).


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


heimr m (genitive heims, plural heimar)

  1. realm, region within walking distance to a þing parliament, land
  2. world
    • Vǫluspá, verse 2, line 5:
      níu man ek heima
      I remember nine worlds
    1. (in particular) this world, the world of humans
      liggja milli heims ok Heljarto lie between this world and Hel
      (i.e. between life and death)
      koma í heiminnto come into this world
      (i.e. be born)
      • Old Norwegian Homily Book, in 1864, C. R. Unger, Gammel Norsk Homiliebog. Christiania, page 72, line 30:
        En þat er vitanda, at þriar ero tiðer hæims. Æin fyrir log. en onnur undir logum. en þriðia undir miskun.
        But it is known that there are three times in the world. One before the law, another under the law, the third under mercy.
  3. a village, ham (especially in placenames)
  4. a home, abode


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  • heimr”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • heimr in An Icelandic-English Dictionary, R. Cleasby and G. Vigfússon, Clarendon Press, 1874, at Internet Archive.
  • heimr in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.