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sif

/siːf/
adjective
1.
(South African, slang) disgusting; sickening; nasty
Word Origin
C20: from syphilitic
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  • Let me go, and I will bring new hair for sif ere the daylight's gone.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • A veil covered her head, and Thor scarce knew that this was sif, his wife.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • They had to be as fine as the hairs on sif's head, and these were finer than anything else.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Uller, the winter-god, was the son of sif, and the stepson of Thor.

    Myths of the Norsemen H. A. Guerber
  • So that sif was more beautiful than ever before, and more precious, too.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • sif, his yellow-haired wife, was in despair, knowing not what to do.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • There were Idun whom he had cheated, and sif whose257 hair he had cut off.

    In The Days of Giants Abbie Farwell Brown
  • So sif was proud and happy once again, and Loki was forgiven.

    Stories from Northern Myths

    Emilie Kip Baker
  • Loki, the son of Laufeiar, had out of mischief cut off all the hair of sif.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley

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