oför (OSw) ófǿrr (ON) ófærr (ON) úfǿrr (ON) adj.

The latter part of the word (-för) is etymologically connected to the verb (ON) fara ‘go, travel’. The meanings fall into two groups, one related to persons: ‘unfit to work’ (OSw, HL), ‘disabled’ (ONorw, GuL), ‘not able bodied’ (OIce, Jó); the other related to ground, terrain: ‘impassable’ (ONorw, GuL), or ships: ‘unseaworthy, not seaworthy’ (ONorw, GuL). In the sense ‘impassable’ oför is related to the noun ófǿra (ON) ‘impassable area’.

disabled ONorw GuL Tfb
impassable ONorw GuL Krb, Løb
not able bodied OIce Kge 34
unfit to work OSw HL Mb
unseaworthy ONorw GuL Leb

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

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