gærning (OSw) gærning (ODan) giarning (OGu) gerning (ON) gerningr (ON) görning (ON) gerning (OSw) giarning (OSw) noun

Literally ‘deed’, particularly criminal deeds. Appears in numerous expressions referring to encountering someone in incriminating circumstances, exemplified below.

act ODan ESjL 2, 3
ODan JyL 2
ODan SkL 43, 103
ODan VSjL 35
OSw UL Kgb, Mb, Kmb, Blb, Rb
OSw VmL Kgb, Mb, Kmb, Rb
OSw YVgL Kkb, Drb

act of violence OSw HL Kgb
OSw UL Kgb, Kmb

action ODan SkL 8, 15, 17, 18, 61, 62, 118, 126, 127, 132
ODan VSjL 35

crime OSw DL Eb
OSw HL Kgb, Mb
OSw SdmL Bb
OSw YVgL Drb

deed (1) ODan ESjL 2, 3
ODan JyL 2, 3
ODan VSjL 23, 43, 46, 53, 57, 63, 69, 86
OGu GL A 1
OSw HL Kgb, Mb
OSw SdmL Kgb, Gb, Äb, Kmb, Mb, Till
OSw UL Kkb, Kgb, Mb, Add. 3
OSw VmL Kkb, Kgb, Mb
OSw YVgL Drb, Add
OSw ÖgL Eb

evil deed OSw YVgL Add
misdeed OSw ÖgL Eb
offence OSw UL Kgb, Mb
poison OSw SdmL Mb
sorcery ONorw FrL KrbB 15
violence OSw YVgL Add
violent act OSw DL Rb
violent deed OSw SdmL Kgb
witchcraft OIce Grg Klþ 7
ONorw BorgL 16.7
ONorw GuL Krb

work by an artisan OSw UL Kkb, Kmb
OSw VmL Kmb


braþ gærning (OSw)

spur of the moment OSw HL Kgb

sudden action OSw DL Eb

fa a færski gærning (OSw )

catch in the act OSw UL Kgb, Kmb VmL Kgb, Kmb

gerningar illar (ON)

sorcery ONorw GuL Krb

gærning göra, gærning gjora (OSw)

commit (a crime or offence) OSw UL Kkb, Kgb, Mb, Kmb, Rb VmL Kkb, Kgb, Mb, Kmb, Rb

takin ok gripin a faersko gaerning (OSw)

apprehended redhanded OSw HL Kgb

caught and apprehended in the very act OSw SdmL Kgb, Kmb

takin ælla fangin a samu gærning (OSw)

caught or captured in the act OSw DL Eb

  • ‘gærning’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.