IcelandicEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Norse lygn, from Proto-Germanic *lugnijaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (bright), referring to shining water. Germanic cognates include English lown, Danish lyn (lightning), Swedish lugn (calm water).

AdjectiveEdit

lygn (comparative lygnari, superlative lygnastur)

  1. (of water, weather, etc.) still, calm
InflectionEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Attested in Icelandic since the 16th century. Possibly inherited, but likely a loanword from Old Saxon lugina, in either case ultimately from Proto-Germanic *lugīnō, itself from *leuganą (to lie). Doublet of ljúga.

NounEdit

lygn f (genitive singular lygnar, no plural)

  1. (obsolete) lie, lies, falsehood
DeclensionEdit
SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Ásgeir Blöndal MagnússonÍslensk orðsifjabók, 1st edition, 2nd printing (1989). Reykjavík, Orðabók Háskólans.



Norwegian NynorskEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

lygn f (definite singular lygna, indefinite plural lygner, definite plural lygnene)

  1. a lie
    Han har fortald deg ei lygn.
    He has told you a lie.

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