margr

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Either an independent word from Proto-Germanic *margaz related to mor and merja, or derived from mangr (< Proto-Germanic *managaz (many, much)) under the influence of such words. Cognate with Old English maneġ, maniġ, Old Frisian monech, manich, monich, manch, Old Saxon manag, maneg, Old Dutch manag, Old High German manag, manac, Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌽𐌰𐌲𐍃 (manags).

Adjective[edit]

margr (comparative fleiri, superlative flestr)

  1. many, a lot of
  2. (figuratively) friendly, communicative

Inflection[edit]

This word has a suppletive inflection, using another root in the comparative and superlative forms, than in the positive form. Note also the g dropping in the nominative and accusative singular neuter forms (= mart).

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

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