Definitions

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  • n. Fate, destiny, particular in an Anglo-Saxon or Norse context.

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  • n. fate personified; any one of the three Weird Sisters

Etymologies

From Old English wyrd (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The fellow said: ‘We’re making a big movie and putting together a band of famous musicians together called the wyrd sisters.

    Wyrd Sisters take on Warner

  • But it works like wyrd, where the beginning is wide open and it narrows in and in so that at the end there's only one place for it to go.

    Boing Boing

  • A wyrd or fate is not an inalterable future, so much as a part of the present we have not yet experienced.

    she sewed my new blue jeans

  • Me þæt þuhte wrætlicu wyrd, þa ic þæt wundor gefrægn, þæt se wyrm forswealg wera gied sumes, þeof in þystro, þrymfæstne cwide ond þæs strangan staþol.

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  • This is our wyrd; our personal Destiny is to reach the stage where we know this, and where we put into practice what we have learn t.

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  • Beorht wæron burgræced, burnsele monige, heah horngestreon, heresweg micel, meodoheall monig mondreama full, oþþæt þæt onwende wyrd seo swiþe.

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  • OK, if you're going to drag Comus into it great band, BTW, then I'll just same time and suggest Googling the terms "wyrd folk", "psych-folk" and "acid folk".

    For the Love of a Daughter

  • I find the concepts of moira and wyrd really useful as they apply to characters.

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  • Just becasue you spell is wyrd … I mean is that their last name … I mean I never heard of these people.

    Wyrd Sisters take on Warner

  • Yes, the Norns/Nixes, wierd sisters, wyrd, Shakespeare and whatall are in the public domain.

    Wyrd Sisters take on Warner

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  • Wyrd is a concept in Anglo-Saxon and Nordic culture roughly corresponding to Fate. It is ancestral to Modern English weird, which has acquired a very different signification. The cognate term in old Norse is Urðr, with a similar meaning, but also personalized as one of the Norns, Urðr (anglicized Urd). The concept corresponding to "fate" in Old Norse is Ørlǫg.

    The Well of Urd is the holy well, the Well Spring, the source of water for the world tree Yggdrasil.

    _Wikipedia

    February 11, 2008

  • Whoa--that's cool. I used to call Microsoft Word 5.1a "Ms Wyrd." Seems strangely appropriate.

    October 13, 2007

  • wyrd "what will be": fate (from IE root meaning to turn)

    January 25, 2007