Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse gjalda, from Proto-Germanic *geldaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ- (to pay). Cognates include English yield, German gelten, Dutch gelden, Swedish gälla, Norwegian gjelde, Icelandic and Faroese gjalda and Danish gælde.


gääll (preterite gall or gallt, plural gååll, supine gålli or göllä)

  1. (impersonal, sometimes personal) apply, be possible, be of help, suffice, give the desired result (of ...)
    gäll int
    it can not be helped, it must take place
    it can't be achieved, can't be done
    gallt int plut vä ’om
    it was not enough to talk to him
    Han skönnä säg bästä’n kónnt, men hä gallt int
    He hurried as best he could, but it wasn't enough.
    åm he ha gålli men he gallt einnt
    imagine if it had worked, but it didn't
    dämm gååll nästaɳ einnt fɑ sɑnn
    it was almost impossible to break them

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse gelda, from geldr; see gall, gål.


gääll (preterite gällä)

  1. (transitive) castrate