The Alternative Icelandic Dictionary: kerling

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Entry definition

kerling etymology From Old Norse kerling. pronunciation
  • /ˈcʰɛrtliŋk/ (more formal, used especially in senses 1 and 2)
  • /ˈcʰɛtliŋk/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (old) woman
  2. (chiefly, historical) a lower-class woman, as opposed to frú, dama, maddama
  3. (derogatory) wuss, wimp (referring to a man or boy)
  4. (informal, sometimes, pejorative) wife
  5. a general term of endearment for a female; girl, old girl

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