One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the Scandinavian seafaring pirates and traders who raided and settled in many parts of north-western Europe in the 8th–11th centuries.
pirate, marauder, raider, sea rover, freebooter, plunderer, cut-throat, privateer, bandit, robber, desperadoView synonyms
- ‘So who were the Vikings raiding around the Welsh coast, the Welsh or themselves?’
- ‘Certainly the Vikings set up new kingdoms in England and Ireland, and those kingdoms had their own cultures.’
- ‘Apart from iron and bronze, the Saxons and Vikings made use of other metals, mainly for jewellery.’
- ‘In the 8th century the Vikings began one of the most remarkable periods of expansion in history.’
- ‘Using guerrilla tactics and subterfuge, Alfred beat the Vikings at their own game.’
- ‘The fall in temperature that forced the Vikings out of Greenland also affected Europe.’
- ‘As if to remind us that Vikings were warriors as well as traders, a shining Viking helmet stands next to him.’
- ‘Many Vikings also had a nickname which was used instead of their family name.’
- ‘Warfare was not a part of everyday life for many Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’
- ‘The Vikings also had their own professional poet/storytellers, known as Skalds.’
- ‘In 992 an English fleet assembled at London had some success against the Vikings.’
- ‘The Vikings are often thought to have raided British monasteries and carried off treasure.’
- ‘As the Vikings invaded northern Europe from Scandinavia they left a strong genetic legacy.’
- ‘It attempted to find out where the Vikings had settled in our islands.’
- ‘We should not forget that the Vikings continued to raid north-west Wales well into the 1130s.’
- ‘The wearing of skins as normal clothing was unknown to both the Saxons and the Vikings.’
- ‘Placenames in Rochdale show how Saxons and Vikings settled in the area.’
- ‘The survey will attempt to discover how many of the Vikings stayed and made the British Isles their home.’
- ‘The language of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings is not so far removed from what we speak today as you may expect.’
- ‘Timber was the most important resource for the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.’
From Old Norse víkingr, from vík ‘creek’ or Old English wīc ‘camp, dwelling place’.
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A shipping forecast area covering the open sea between southern Norway and the Shetland Islands.
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