- designating or of a physical type of the Caucasoid peoples exemplified by the long-headed, tall, blond people of Scandinavia
- of the Germanic peoples of N Europe; specif., of Scandinavia
- [sometimesn-] designating or having to do with cross-country skiing or ski jumping
Origin of NordicModern Latin Nordicus from French nordique from nord, north from Old English north, north
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of Scandinavia or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
- Of or relating to a human physical type exemplified by the tall, narrow-headed, light-skinned, blond-haired peoples of Scandinavia. Not in scientific use.
- Sports a. Of or relating to cross-country skiing: Nordic skis.b. Of or relating to a competitive event featuring cross-country racing, ski jumping, and biathlon.
- A native or inhabitant of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, or Finland.
- A person of the Nordic physical type. Not in scientific use.
Origin of NordicFrench nordique from nord north from Old French nort from Old English north ; see ner-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more nordic, superlative most nordic)
- Of or relating to cross-country skiing (Compare alpine).
- (rare) Alternative spelling of Nordic.
(comparative more Nordic, superlative most Nordic)
- Of or relating to the Nordic countries.
- Of or relating to the light colouring and tall stature of Nordic peoples.
- (linguistics) Of or relating to the family of North Germanic languages.
- (skiing) Of or relating to cross-country skiing or ski jumping. (Compare alpine.)
- Skiing sense often lower case.
Unknown, possibly from the French word nord or the Dutch noord, both of which are used to refer to the northward direction. Compare to Old English norÃ¾, the Proto-Germanic *nurÃ¾an, *nurÃ¾ran (“north"), and to the Proto-Indo-European *ner- (“lower, bottom; to sink, shrivel").