mæla (1) (OSw) mæla (ON) verb

Derived from the noun mal (1). A basic, albeit not original, meaning (‘to speak’) is reflected in several translations relating to various stages of legal proceedings (as ‘appoint’, ‘order’, ‘respond’, ‘agree’, ‘decide’, ‘declare’), particularly relating to the start of legal proceedings (‘summon’, ‘prosecute’, ‘take action’, ‘pursue’). Also used in numerous phrases and compounds.

agree ONorw GuL Krb, Løb
make a claim OSw ÄVgL Md
order ONorw GuL Krb
plead OSw ÄVgL Äb
promise ONorw GuL Kpb
OSw YVgL Gb, Utgb

prosecute OSw YVgL Drb, Tb
OSw ÄVgL Kkb
OSw ÖgL Kkb, Eb


Bjorvand and Lindeman 2000, s.v. mål

  • ‘mæla (1)’. A Lexicon of Medieval Nordic Law.