adj., v. (past sg., pp. as adj.)
'curse, (pp.) accursed' (Modern English ban)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
banna 'forbid, prevent, curse'
(ONP banna (2) (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far banna, Icel banna, Norw banna, Dan bande, Sw banna
bannan 'summon, command, proclaim'
Phonological and morphological markers
Wk. past tense forms are attested in all senses from the 13c. onwards. MED's sense (2) 'to curse, condemn' is first attested in a1250(?c1150) Prov.Alf. (Mdst A.13) and the earliest citations in OED and MED otherwise come from N and Midlands texts, but more widespread instances (incl. Gower and PP) also occur from the 14c. In MnE ban in the sense 'curse, swear' is mainly found in Sc and N dial, but EDD also has one instance from Kent.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Cl 468, 885