Usage Ancient Germanic
Other Forms FormsSiegenot
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Contributor Contrib.Lucille on 10/23/2011
Derived from Old High German sigu "victory" (a younger form of Gothic sigis, see Sigisbert) combined with Old High German nôt "need, necessity." The second element might also have been derived from hnôd, which comes from Old High German hnôtôn "to crush."