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[goo n-nahr, goo n-er] /ˈgʊn nɑr, ˈgʊn ər/
Scandinavian Legend. the husband of Brynhild: corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied.
a male given name.
Origin of Gunnar
< Old Norse Gunnarr, equivalent to gunn battle + herr master; compare Gundaharius, Latinized form of a Burgundian personal name Unabridged
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  • Gunnar told him that they had news which they thought a good deal of.

    Frey and His Wife Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Then Gunnar bent to him and asked Sigurd would he aid him to win her?

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • So now Gunnar goes to her again, and asked her, what wrought her woe, or if there were anything that might amend it.

  • And so by the magic of his helmet he changed shapes with Gunnar.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • So Gunnar had the greatest honour from that suit, and afterwards men rode home from the Thing.

  • And Gunnar bought the thrall, and they all went home to Lithend together.

  • It would have been wholly inept and spiritless to transfer this from Gunnar to Attila.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • When Kolskegg heard that, he saddled his horse and hasted after Gunnar.

British Dictionary definitions for Gunnar


(Norse myth) brother of Gudrun and husband of Brynhild, won for him by Sigurd. He corresponds to Gunther in the Nibelungenlied
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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