maðr

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *mann-, whence also Old Saxon man, Old English mann, Old High German man, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌽𐌰 (manna). Probably ultimately from a Proto-Indo-European root *man-.

Noun[edit]

maðr m (genitive manns, plural menn)

  1. man
    • verse 47 of the Hávamál
      Maðr er manns gaman.
      Man is man's comfort.
    • verse 48 of the Hávamál
      Mildir, frœknir menn bazt lifa.
      Generous, bold men live best.
    • verse 52 of the Hávamál
      Mikit eitt skala manni gefa.
      One should not give a man a single large gift.
    Með mǫnnum.
    Among men.
    Matr er mannsins megin.
    Meat is man's main.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Medieval scribes often abbreviated maðr to .

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Norwegian Bokmål: mann m
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: mann m
  • Swedish: man c