vatn

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Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse vatn, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vatn n (genitive singular vatns, plural vøtn)

  1. (uncountable) water (H₂O)
  2. (nautical) sea
  3. body fluid
  4. lake

Usage notes[edit]

kasta sær av vatni(num) - to pee

Declension[edit]

Declension of vatn
n5 singular plural
indefinite definite indefinite definite
nominative vatn vatnið vøtn vøtnini
accusative vatn vatnið vøtn vøtnini
dative vatni vatninum vøtnum vøtnunum
genitive vatns vatnsins vatna vatnanna

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse vatn, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vatn n (genitive singular vatns, nominative plural vötn)

  1. (uncountable) water (H₂O)
    Vatnið er mjög tært.
    The water is very clear.
  2. (countable) a lake, a water
    Á Arnarvatnsheiði er fjöldi vatna.
    On Arnarvatnsheiði [there] is a multitude of lakes.
    • Genesis 1-3 (English, Icelandic)
      Guð sagði: „Verði festing milli vatnanna, og hún greini vötn frá vötnum.“
      And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

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Further reading[edit]

  • vatn in Icelandic dictionaries at islex.is
  • vatn in Hólmarsson et al.: Íslensk-ensk orðabók. 1989.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

vatn n (definite singular vatnet, indefinite plural vatn, definite plural vatna or vatnene)

  1. Alternative form of vann

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse vatn, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. Akin to English water.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vatn n (definite singular vatnet, indefinite plural vatn, definite plural vatna)

  1. water (chemical substance)
    Eg skulle ynskt at eg hadde noko vatn å drikka.
    I wish that I had some water to drink.
  2. (smaller) lake
    Dette vatnet har eg ikkje sett før.
    I have not seen this lake before.
  3. bodily fluid that looks like water

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Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *watōr, whence also Old Saxon and Old Dutch watar, Old English wæter, Old Frisian weter, Old High German wazzar. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. Note that the Proto-Germanic stem of this word alternated between ending in -r (nominative and accusative singular) and in -n (other forms). The Old Norse word preserves the alternate stem ending in -n which was lost in most Germanic languages (the exception being Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐍄𐍉 (watō), genitive 𐍅𐌰𐍄𐌹𐌽𐍃 (watins)), leveling the nominative and accusative singular forms to also use this stem. Other Germanic languages typically leveled the paradigm of this word to be based entirely on the -r stem (e.g. Old English wæter, genitive wæteres).

Noun[edit]

vatn n (genitive vatns, plural vǫtn)

  1. water
  2. lake
  3. waterway, river

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References[edit]

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