Definition of


  1. (noun, person) any of the Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries

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Alternate forms of Viking

Hypernyms: norse, northman, scandinavian

Origin of the word Viking

  1. Scandinavian pirate, 1807, vikingr; modern spelling attested from 1840. The word is a historical revival; it was not used in M.E., but it was revived from O.N. vikingr, which usually is explained as prop. "one who came from the fjords," from vik "creek, inlet" (cf. O.E. wic, M.H.G. wich "bay," and second element in Reykjavik). But O.E. … more

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