Viking meaning

vīkĭng
One of a seafaring Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of northern and western Europe from the eighth through the tenth century.
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Any of the Scandinavian sea rovers and pirates who ravaged the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 10th cent.
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(historical) One of the Scandinavian seafaring warriors that raided (then settled) the British Isles and other parts of Europe in the 8th to the 11th centuries and, according to many historians, were the first Europeans to reach North America.
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A Scandinavian.
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(American football) A player on the Minnesota Vikings NFL team.
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A town in Alberta, Canada.
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A city in Minnesota.
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(by extension) A stock character common in the fantasy genera, a barbarian, generally equipped with an ax and a helmet adorned with horns.
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Origin of viking

  • Old Norse vīkingr perhaps from vīk creek, inlet

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The Old English or Anglo-Frisian form, existing therein since at least the eighth century), could also have been derived from or influenced by Old English wÄ«c (“camp"), on account of the temporary encampments which were often a prominent feature of the Vikings' raids.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old Norse víking (“marauding", “piracy") itself is from Old Norse vík (“inlet", “cove", “fjord") + -ing (“one belonging to", “one who frequents") (the -r is the nominative desinence). Thus, “one from or who frequents the sea's inlets",

    From Wiktionary

  • A loan from Old Norse víkingr. Already in Old English as wÄ«cing and Old Frisian witsing, wising, but extinct in Middle English and loaned anew in the 19th century.

    From Wiktionary