Origin of skald
Examples from the Web for skald
The bottom of the harp rested on the floor, but the top reached as high as the skald's shoulders.Viking Tales|Jennie Hall
Sigvat the skald had long been in King Olaf's household, as before related, and the king made him his marshal.
Sigvat the skald compared him for wealth and landed property to Erling Skjalgson.
Skald: a Scandinavian minstrel who composed and sang or recited verses in celebration of famous deeds, heroes, and events.Selections From American Poetry|Various
It was called the "Cup of Vows," and the drinker vowed over it to perform some great deed worthy of the song of a skald.The Heroes of Asgard|Annie Keary
British Dictionary definitions for skald
Word Origin for skald
Word Origin and History for skald
"Scandinavian poet and singer of medieval times," 1763, from Old Norse skald "skald, poet" (9c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *sekw- (3) "to say, utter." The modern word is an antiquarian revival. "Usually applied to Norwegian and Icelandic poets of the Viking period and down to c 1250, but often without any clear idea as to their function and the character of their work" [OED]. Related: Scaldic.