See also: sjå and sją̊

Icelandic edit

Etymology edit

From Old Norse séa, sjá, from Proto-Germanic *sehwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (to see, notice).

Pronunciation edit

Verb edit

sjá (strong verb, third-person singular past indicative , third-person plural past indicative sáu, supine séð)

  1. to see, to sense or perceive with one's eyes
    Sérðu illa?Nei, ég mjög vel.
    Have you got bad eyesight? — No, I see very well.
  2. to see, to perceive, to spot
  3. to see, to understand
    Þú hlýtur að sjá hvað þetta er asnaleg hugmynd!
    You must see what a stupid idea this is!

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Old Norse edit

Etymology 1 edit

From earlier sási (attested in runic insriptions), originally the normal declension of + -si. Cognate with Old English þes (English this), Old High German dese (German diese).

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Pronoun edit

sjá (neuter þetta)

  1. (demonstrative) this, that (referring to both persons and things)
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Etymology 2 edit

From Proto-Germanic *sehwaną (to see) (for cognates see there). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- (to see, notice).

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Verb edit

sjá (singular past indicative , plural past indicative ságu, , past participle sénn)

  1. to see
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Descendants edit

References edit

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

Etymology 3 edit

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb edit


  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of vera

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