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IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse spjall, from Proto-Germanic *spellą. Cognate with English spell, dialectal German Spill, Albanian fjalë.

NounEdit

spjall n

  1. talk, gossip

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Old NorseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *spellą (news, message, tale). Cognate with Old English spel, spell, Old Saxon spel, Old High German spel, Gothic 𐍃𐍀𐌹𐌻𐌻 (spill). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *spel- (to tell).

PronunciationEdit

  • (12th century Icelandic) IPA(key): /ˈspjɑlː/

NounEdit

spjall n (genitive spjalls, plural spjǫll)

  1. saying, tale
    • Skáld-Helga Rímur: fjorda rima, verse 10, line 2, in 1838, Grønlands Historiske Mindesmærker, Volume II. Copenhagen, page 147:
      [] ok hefr svá margt í spjalli; []
      [] and has so many things to tell; []
  2. (poetic, especially in the plural) words, tales, tidings
    • Vǫluspá, verse 1, lines 7-8, in 1860, T. Möbius, Edda Sæmundar hins fróða: mit einem Anhang zum Theil bisher ungedruckter Gedichte. Leipzig, page 1:
      [] forn spjöll fíra, / þau er fremst um man.
      [] old tales of men / the first I remember.

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ReferencesEdit

  • spjall in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • spjall in An Icelandic-English Dictionary, R. Cleasby and G. Vigfússon, Clarendon Press, 1874, at Internet Archive.
  • spjall in A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, G. T. Zoëga, Clarendon Press, 1910, at Internet Archive.