From Middle English nornen, nurnen, from Old English gnornan, gnornian (“to be sad, murmur, complain, mourn, lament, grieve”), from gnorn (“sad, sorrowful, troubled, depressed”), from Proto-Germanic *gnurnaz (“sad”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰneus- (“to gnaw, scrape, rub”). Cognate with Old Saxon gnornōn (“to be sad”).
norn (third-person singular simple present norns, present participle norning, simple past and past participle norned)
- (intransitive, obsolete) To mourn; complain.
- (transitive, obsolete) To bring forward; proffer; propose.
- (transitive, obsolete) To say; speak; utter; tell.
- (transitive, obsolete) To call.