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Old Norse[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-.


maðr m (genitive manns, plural menn)

  1. man
    maðr er manns gaman — man is man's comfort (verse 47 of the Hávamál)
    mildir, frœknir menn bazt lifa — generous, bold men live best (lead the best lives) (verse 48 of the Hávamál)
    mikit eitt skala manni gefa — one should not give a man a single large gift (verse 52 of the Hávamál)
    með mǫnnum — among men
    matr er mannsins megin — meat is man's main (meat gives a man strength)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Medieval scribes often abbreviated maðr to .



  • Norwegian: mann m
  • Swedish: man c