- an extinct Norse dialect, spoken until early modern times in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and in parts of northern Scotland.
Origin of Norn1
- any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd), the goddess of the present (Verdandi), and the goddess of the future (Skuld).
Examples from the Web for norn
Come on, Norn, we're about dead, standing on these flinty-hearted steps.
I don't think it would be such a bad sort of thing, do you, Norn?
We caught our first view of Bruce Haydon here—remember, Norn?
We've got a surprise for you, Norn, but we won't tell till we've had lunch; will we, Ju?
There isn't anything that tells the truth so straight as our sort of work, Norn.
- Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
- the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
Word Origin and History for norn
1770, from Old Norse norn (plural nornir), one of the female fates of Scandinavian mythology, related to Swedish dialectal norna "to warn, to communicate secretly," perhaps ultimately imitative of low murmuring (cf. Middle High German narren "to growl, snarl").