- an extinct Norse dialect, spoken until early modern times in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and in parts of northern Scotland.
noun Scandinavian Mythology.
- any of three goddesses of fate, the goddess of the past (Urd), the goddess of the present (Verdandi), and the goddess of the future (Skuld).
- Norse myth any of the three virgin goddesses of fate, who predestine the lives of the gods and men
- the medieval Norse language of the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of N Scotland. It was extinct by 1750
n.1770, from Old Norse norn (plural nornir), one of the female fates of Scandinavian mythology, related to Swedish dialectal norna “to warn, to communicate secretly,” perhaps ultimately imitative of low murmuring (cf. Middle High German narren “to growl, snarl”).