runer (plural runers)
- A bard, or learned man, among the ancient Goths.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for runer in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
Germanic, from Frankish *rūnen, *rūnōn (“to whisper”), from Proto-Germanic *rūnōną (“to talk secrets, whisper, decide”), *raunijaną (“to investigate, examine, prove”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rewə-, *(e)rwō- (“to trace, find out, look out”). Cognate with Old High German rūnen, rūnōn (“to whisper, murmur”), Old English rūnian (“to whisper”). More at round.