See also: hunn, Hunn, and Húnn

Icelandic edit

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A basic modern doorknob.
A flagpole's knob.

Etymology edit

From Old Norse húnn (knob at the top of a mast-head), from Proto-Germanic *hūnaz, *hūna(n)- (top of a stick).

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

húnn m (genitive singular húns, nominative plural húnar)

  1. a door handle, a doorknob
  2. a flagpole's knob
    Að draga fána að hún.
    To hoist a flag.
  3. a bear cub

Declension edit

References edit

  • Guus Kroonen, “Reflections on the o/zero-Ablaut in the Germanic Iterative Verbs”, in The Indo-European Verb: Proceedings of the Conference of the Society for Indo-European Studies, Los Angeles, 13-15 September 2010, Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2012

Old Norse edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Proto-Germanic *hūnaz.

Noun edit

húnn m (genitive húns)

  1. a bear cub
  2. (poetic) urchin (clarification of this definition is needed)
  3. knob atop a mast-head
Declension edit
Descendants edit
  • Icelandic: húnn
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: hun
  • Old French: hune

Etymology 2 edit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun edit

húnn m (genitive húns)

  1. a die (clarification of this definition is needed)
Declension edit
Descendants edit

References edit

  • húnn in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.