noun (sometimes lowercase)
Origin of Viking
Examples from the Web for vikings
Part of that lies in the paucity of documentation of what the Vikings actually did during their raids.
One of the reasons the Vikings are viewed so negatively is that their violence could seem wanton or irrational.
More importantly, contends Winroth, the Vikings were acting completely rationally with their raids.
Not only are the Vikings completely misunderstood, he argues, but they may have saved Europe.
Those riches did not disappear, as the Vikings were well integrated in the European trade network.
Why on earth did the Vikings leave it to be defended by one man?Ned, the son of Webb|William O. Stoddard
On hearing of this disaster the vikings in Exeter surrendered the place on being granted a free departure.
When the Vikings invaded the county, the wide dales only had been occupied by these early settlers.The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire|S. W. Partington
It mattered not greatly that few of the vikings understood his words, so fierce and so triumphant was the music of his singing.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
So there was a shouting when we came to the camp, and men ran together to stare at the vikings and their king.King Alfred's Viking|Charles W. Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for vikings
noun (sometimes not capital)
Word Origin for Viking
Word Origin and History for vikings
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."
Culture definitions for vikings
Warriors from Scandinavia who raided much of coastal Europe in the eighth to tenth centuries. The Vikings traveled in boats with high bows and sterns, carefully designed for either rough seas or calm waters. Eventually some Vikings settled in the countries they plundered and established new societies.