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ˈvaɪ kɪŋVik·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Viking(noun)

    any of the Scandinavian people who raided the coasts of Europe from the 8th to the 11th centuries


  1. Viking(Noun)

    One of the Scandinavian seafaring warriors that raided (and then settled) the British Isles and other parts of Europe in the 8 to the 11 centuries.

    Etymology: A loan from víkingr. Already in as wicing and witsing, wising, but extinct in Middle English and loaned anew in the 19th century.

  2. Viking(Noun)

    A stock character common in the fantasy genera, a barbarian, generally equipped with an ax and a helmet adorned with horns.

    Etymology: A loan from víkingr. Already in as wicing and witsing, wising, but extinct in Middle English and loaned anew in the 19th century.

  3. Viking(Noun)

    A player on the Minnesota Vikings NFL team.

    Etymology: A loan from víkingr. Already in as wicing and witsing, wising, but extinct in Middle English and loaned anew in the 19th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Viking(noun)

    one belonging to the pirate crews from among the Northmen, who plundered the coasts of Europe in the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries

    Etymology: [Icel. vkingr, fr. vk a bay, inlet.]


  1. Viking

    The Vikings were seafaring north Germanic people who raided, traded, explored, and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th centuries. The Vikings employed wooden longships with wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation in rough seas or in shallow river waters. The ships could be landed on beaches, and their light weight enabled them to be hauled over portages. These versatile ships allowed the Vikings to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Nekor. This period of Viking expansion, known as the Viking Age, constitutes an important element of the medieval history of Scandinavia, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia, and the rest of Europe. Popular conceptions of the Vikings often differ from the complex picture that emerges from archaeology and written sources. A romanticised picture of Vikings as noble savages began to take root in the 18th century, and this developed and became widely propagated during the 19th-century Viking revival. The received views of the Vikings as violent brutes or intrepid adventurers owe much to the modern Viking myth that had taken shape by the early 20th century. Current popular representations are typically highly clichéd, presenting the Vikings as familiar caricatures.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Viking

    vī′king, n. one of the piratical Northmen who in the 8th, 9th, and 10th centuries ravaged the coasts of western Europe.—n. Vī′kingism, characteristics, acts, &c. of Vikings. [Ice. víkingr, (lit.) 'a creeker'—víkr (Swed. vik, Eng. wick), a bay, and -ingr=Eng. -ing.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Viking

    From the Icelandic vik, a creek, the usual lurking-place of the northern pirates.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Viking in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Viking in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Viking in a Sentence

  1. Conservator Per Morten Ekerhovd:

    It's quite unusual to find remnants from the Viking age that are so well preserved ... it might be used today if you sharpened the edge.

  2. Conservator Per Morten Ekerhovd:

    We are really happy that this person found the sword and gave it to us, it will shed light on our early history. It's a very (important) example of the Viking age.

  3. Laura Witjens:

    If I advertised saying 'Men, prove your worth, show me how good you are', then I would get hundreds of donors, that's the way the Danish do it. They proudly say, this is the Viking invasion, exports from Denmark are beer, Lego and sperm. It's a source of pride.

  4. Mike Driscoll:

    The view is that Viking is going to create that market, we are excited about the prospect of bringing modern river cruising to the Mississippi.

  5. Matteo Orfini:

    We needed a bit of time, but Ocean Viking has finally been assigned a safe port. Small signs of discontinuity.

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    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
    • A. accident
    • B. accessory
    • C. humility
    • D. downsizing

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