From the 18th century; probably derived from the Latin dōdrāns (“three quarters”), from dē quadrāns (“from one quarter”). "Three quarters" most likely originally referred to the format or size of the book.
declension of doðrantur
- ^ Icelandic Web of Science: Hvaðan kemur orðið doðrantur sem stundum er notað um þykkar bækur? (“What is the origin of the word doðrantur used to refer to thick books?”)