- any of the Scandinavian pirates who plundered the coasts of Europe from the 8th to 10th centuries.
- a sea-roving bandit; pirate.
- a Scandinavian.
- U.S. Aerospace. one of a series of space probes that obtained scientific information about Mars.
Origin of Viking
Examples from the Web for viking
“This was a Viking area where they settled and traded,” said Campbell.How To Strike Viking Gold
October 18, 2014
While things had picked up by the height of the Viking era in the 9th and 10th centuries, two things were holding the region back.
The economic recovery in Europe, contends Winroth, “was during the Viking Age.”
Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company.Your Fake Followers Are Catfishing You: Bacon Mavens, Newt’s Fake Fans, and Other Social Media Scams
July 3, 2014
This excerpt is published with the permission of the author and the publisher, Viking Press.Oh, if These Penises and Vaginas Could Talk: Genitalia as Tools, Toys, and Weapons
May 1, 2014
Often fared he as a merchant, but upon occasion as a viking.
The viking had sent a herald on before, to announce his coming at Odin's court.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)
The shields of Harald's warriors had dents from viking blows.
Viking ships sailed all the seas and made harbor in every river.
Tomorrow, we go for a tour of Viking, first thing in the morning.A Spaceship Named McGuire
Gordon Randall Garrett
- Also called: Norseman, Northman any of the Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes who raided by sea most of N and W Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries, later often settling, as in parts of Britain
- any sea rover, plunderer, or pirate
- either of two unmanned American spacecraft that reached Mars in 1976
- (modifier) of, relating to, or characteristic of a Viking or Vikingsa Viking ship
Word Origin and History for viking
Scandinavian pirate, 1807, vikingr; modern spelling attested from 1840. The word is a historical revival; it was not used in Middle English, but it was revived from Old Norse vikingr "freebooter, sea-rover, pirate, viking," which usually is explained as meaning properly "one who came from the fjords," from vik "creek, inlet, small bay" (cf. Old English wic, Middle High German wich "bay," and second element in Reykjavik). But Old English wicing and Old Frisian wizing are almost 300 years older, and probably derive from wic "village, camp" (temporary camps were a feature of the Viking raids), related to Latin vicus "village, habitation" (see villa).
The connection between the Norse and Old English words is still much debated. The period of Viking activity was roughly 8c. to 11c. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the raiding armies generally were referred to as þa Deniscan "the Danes," while those who settled in England were identified by their place of settlement. Old Norse viking (n.) meant "freebooting voyage, piracy;" one would "go on a viking."