svefn

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Icelandic[edit]

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From Old Norse svefn, from Proto-Germanic *swefnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *swepno-, an extension of *swep-(sleep).

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svefn m ‎(genitive singular svefns, no plural)

  1. sleep
  2. (archaic) a dream

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *swefnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *swepnos, an extension of *swep-(sleep). Cognate with Old Saxon sweƀan, Old English swefn (English sweven); the Indo-European root also led to Ancient Greek ὕπνος(húpnos), Latin somnus, Old Irish suan, Old Church Slavonic съпати(sŭpati) (Russian спать(spatʹ)), Latvian sapnis.

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svefn m

  1. sleep

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References[edit]

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