Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Vi’king.

 Vignette (2 syl.)Village Blacksmith (The), 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A pirate. So called from the vik or creek in which he lurked. The word is wholly unconnected with the word “king.” There were sea-kings, sometimes, but erroneously, called “vikings,” connected with royal blood, and having small dominions on the coast. These sea-kings were often vikingr or vikings, but the reverse is not true that every viking or pirate was a sea-king. (Icelandic vikingr, a pirate.)   1

 Vignette (2 syl.)Village Blacksmith (The), 


Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.