What does Viking mean?

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ˈvaɪ kɪŋViking

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vikingnoun

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


  1. Vikingnoun

    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.

  2. Vikingnoun

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

  3. Vikingnoun

    A player on the Minnesota Vikings NFL team.

  4. 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. Vikingnoun

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

  2. 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. Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson:

    Some people love the idea, they really want to go back to the Viking era.

  2. Terry Jones:

    Seeing as we know the other viruses were still around in the 20th century, they must have been around in the Viking Age in some form, presumably with more genes intact, but we can't know in which host they existed. Most people would just assume they were in humans, but it might not be the case.

  3. Greg Hare:

    It was found near the top of a snow-capped mountain in South West Yukon, it was an incredible discovery, we really did n’t intend to be on that [ ice ] patch on that day. VIKING SWORD DISCOVERY : HUNTER FINDS 1,100-YEAR-OLD WEAPON ON NORWEGIAN MOUNTAIN The archaeologists were travelling in two helicopters with a documentary film crew when they noticed caribou on the ice patch they were planning to land on. Instead, the helicopter landed on a small nearby patch of snow where Senior Project Archaeologist Christian Thomas quickly spotted the arrow.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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    having or resembling a stinger or barb
    • A. ultimo
    • B. adscripted
    • C. butch
    • D. aculeate

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