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Meaning of VIKING

Pronunciation:  'vIking

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of the Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries

VIKING is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 See Also: Norse, Northman, Scandinavian



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vi"king\, n. [Icel. v[=i]kingr, fr. v[=i]k a bay,
One belonging to the pirate crews from among the Northmen,
who plundered the coasts of Europe in the eighth, ninth, and
tenth centuries.

      Of grim Vikings, and the rapture Of the sea fight, and
      the capture, And the life of slavery.    --Longfellow.

Note: Vikings differs in meaning from sea king, with which
      frequently confounded. ``The sea king was a man
      connected with a royal race, either of the small kings
      of the country, or of the Haarfager family, and who, by
      right, received the title of king as soon he took the
      command of men, although only of a single ship's crew,
      and without having any land or kingdom . . . Vikings
      were merely pirates, alternately peasants and pirates,
      deriving the name of viking from the vicks, wicks, or
      inlets, on the coast in which they harbored with their
      long ships or rowing galleys.'' --Laing.