Faroese 101

Faroese Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Faroese language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Faroese
I

eg, jeg (Suðuroy)
you
(singular)
thou (archaic)

he

hann
we

vit
you (plural)

tit
they

teir / tær / tey
this

hesin / henda / hetta
that

hasin / handa / hatta
here

her
there

har
who

hvør
what

hvat
where

hvar
when

nær
how

hvussu
not

ikki
all

alt
many (fele)

nógvir, mangir
some

nakrir
few

fáir
other

annar
one

eitt, ein
two

tveir
three

tríggir
four

fýra
five

fimm
big, (great)

stórur
long

langur
wide (broad)

breiður
thick

tjúkkur
heavy

tungur
small (little)

lítil
short

stuttur
narrow

trongur
thin

klænur, tunnur
woman

kona, kvinna
man
(adult male)

maður
man
(human being)

menniskja
child
(a youth)

barn
wife

kona, vív, húsfrú, húsfrúgv, hústrú
husband

maður, húsbóndi
mother

móðir, mamma
father

faðir, pápi, babba
animal (beast)

djór, dýr
fish

fiskur
bird (fowl)

fuglur
dog (hound)

hundur
louse

lús
snake

slanga, ormur
worm

ormur, maðkur
tree (beam)

træ
forest

skógur, skóg
stick
(of wood)

keppur, stavur, prukka, puttur
fruit

frukt, ávøkstur
seed

fræ
leaf (blade)

blað, leyv
root

rót
bark
(of tree)

børkur
flower

blóma
grass

gras
rope

reip, band, lína, tog
skin (hide)

húð
meat
(as in flesh)

kjøt
blood

blóð
bone

bein
fat
(noun)

feitt, fiti
egg

egg
horn

horn
tail

hali
feather
(rather not down)

fjøður
hair

hár
head

høvd, høvur
ear

oyra
eye

eyga
nose

nøs
mouth

munnur, muður
tooth
(rather not molar)

tonn
tongue

tunga
fingernail

negl
foot

fótur
leg

bein, leggur
knee

knæ
hand

hond
wing

vongur
belly

magi, búkur
guts

tarmur, gørn
neck

hálsur, nakki
back (ridge)

ryggur
breast

bróst
heart

hjarta
liver

livur
to drink

drekka
to eat

eta
to bite

bíta
to suck

súgva
to spit

spýta
to vomit

spýggja
to blow
(as wind)

blása
to breathe

anda
to laugh

læa, grína, flenna
to see

síggja
to hear

hoyra
to know

vita
to think

hugsa
to smell
(sense odor)

lukta
to fear

ræðast
to sleep

sova
to live

liva
to die

doyggja
to kill

drepa
to fight
(physically)

stríða
to hunt
(transitive)

jaga, veiða
to hit

sláa
to cut

skera
to split

klúgva
to stab
(or stick)

stinga
to scratch
(an itch)

klóra
to dig

grava
to swim

svimja
to fly

flúgva, fljúgva, fljúga
to walk

ganga
to come

koma
to lie
(as on one's side)

liggja *(state)*, leggja seg *(action)*
to sit

sita *(state)*, seta seg *(action)*
to stand

standa
to turn
(change direction)

snúgva, venda, snara
to fall
(as in drop)

fella, detta
to give

geva
to hold
(in one's hand)

halda
to squeeze

kroysta
to rub

gníggja
to wash

vaska, tváa
to wipe

turka
to pull (drag)

toga
to push

skumpa
to throw (cast)

kasta, blaka, tveita
to tie (bind)

binda, knýta
to sew

seyma
to count

telja
to say

siga
to sing

syngja
to play

spæla, leika
to float

flóta
to flow

streyma, floyma
to freeze

frysta
to swell

bólgna, hovna, trútna
sun

sól
moon

máni, tungl
star

stjørna
water

vatn
to rain

regna
river

á, løkur, áarløkur
lake

vatn, tjørn
sea
(as in ocean)

sjógvur, hav
salt

salt
stone

steinur
sand

sandur
dust

dust, støv
earth
(as in soil)

mold, jørð
cloud

skýggj
fog

mjørki, toka
sky

himmal, himin
wind
(as in breeze)

vindur
snow

kavi, snjógvur
ice

ísur
smoke

roykur
fire

eldur
ash

øska
to burn
(intransitive)

brenna
road

vegur
mountain

fjall
red

reyður
green

grønur
yellow

gulur
white

hvítur
black (swart)

svartur
night

nátt
day
(daytime)

dagur
year

ár
warm
(as in weather)

heitur, lýggjur
cold
(as in weather)

kalt
full

fullur
new

nýggjur
old

gamal
good

góður
bad

ringur
rotten
(as a log)

rotin
dirty

skitin
straight

beinur
round

rundur
sharp
(as a knife)

hvassur
dull
(as a knife)

óhvassur
smooth

slættur
wet

vátur
dry
(adjective)

turrur
correct

rættur
near

nær
far

fjarur
right
(side)

høgra
left
(side)

vinstra
at

hjá
in

í
with

við, med
and

og
if

um
because

name

navn

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