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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Vi’king.
 
A pirate. So called from the vik or creek in which he lurked. The word is wholly unconnected with the word “king.” There were sea-kings, sometimes, but erroneously, called “vikings,” connected with royal blood, and having small dominions on the coast. These sea-kings were often vikingr or vikings, but the reverse is not true that every viking or pirate was a sea-king. (Icelandic vikingr, a pirate.)   1
 


 Vignette (2 syl.)Village Blacksmith (The), 

 
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