Frisian 101

Frisian Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Frisian 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

Frisian
I

ik
you
(singular)
thou (archaic)

do (dû), jo
he

hy, er
we

wy
you (plural)

jimme, me
they

sy, hja
this

dit, dizze
that

dat
here

hjir
there

dêr
who

wa
what

wat
where

wêr
when

wannear, hoenear
how

hoe
not

net
all

alle, allegear
many (fele)

mannich, gâns, in protte, in soad
some

(*foarnamwurd*) sommige, guon
few

inkele
other

oare
one

ien
two

twa
three

trije
four

fjouwer
five

fiif
big, (great)

grut
long

lang
wide (broad)

breed, wiid
thick

dik
heavy

swier
small (little)

lyts
short

koart
narrow

smel
thin

tin
woman

frou
man
(adult male)

man
man
(human being)

minske
child
(a youth)

bern
wife

frou, wiif
husband

man
mother

mem
father

heit
animal (beast)

bist
fish

fisk
bird (fowl)

fûgel
dog (hound)

hûn
louse

lús, biter
snake

slang
worm

wjirm
tree (beam)

beam
forest

wâld
stick
(of wood)

stok
fruit

fruit
seed

sied
leaf (blade)

blêd, loaf
root

woartel
bark
(of tree)

bast
flower

blom
grass

gers
rope

tou
skin (hide)

hûd
meat
(as in flesh)

fleis
blood

bloed
bone

bonke
fat
(noun)

fet
egg

aai
horn

hoarn
tail

sturt
feather
(rather not down)

fear
hair

hier
head

holle
ear

ear
eye

each
nose

noas
mouth

mûle
tooth
(rather not molar)

tosk
tongue

tonge
fingernail

fingerneil, neille
foot

foet
leg

skonk
knee

knibbel
hand

hân
wing

flerk, wjuk
belly

búk
guts

termen
neck

nekke
back (ridge)

rêch, tebek
breast

boarst
heart

hert(e)
liver

lever
to drink

drinke
to eat

ite
to bite

bite
to suck

sûchje
to spit

spuie
to vomit

oerjaan, kotse
to blow
(as wind)

blaze
to breathe

asemje, sykhelje
to laugh

laitsje
to see

sjen
to hear

hearre
to know

witte
to think

tinke
to smell
(sense odor)

rûke
to fear

bang wêze
to sleep

sliepe
to live

libje
to die

stjerre, deagean
to kill

deadzje, deadwaan,
to fight
(physically)

fjochtsje
to hunt
(transitive)

jeie
to hit

slaan, reitsje
to cut

snije
to split

splite
to stab
(or stick)

stekke
to scratch
(an itch)

skraabje
to dig

grave
to swim

swimme
to fly

fleane
to walk

rinne
to come

komme
to lie
(as on one's side)

lizze
to sit

sitte
to stand

stean
to turn
(change direction)

draaie
to fall
(as in drop)

falle
to give

jaan
to hold
(in one's hand)

hâlde
to squeeze

knipe
to rub

rosse
to wash

waskje
to wipe

feie
to pull (drag)

lûke
to push

triuwe
to throw (cast)

goaie
to tie (bind)

bine
to sew

naaie
to count

telle
to say

sizze
to sing

sjonge
to play

spylje, boartsje
to float

driuwe
to flow

floeie
to freeze

frieze
to swell

swolgje
sun

sinne
moon

moanne
star

stjer
water

wetter
to rain

reine
river

rivier
lake

mar
sea
(as in ocean)

see
salt

sâlt
stone

stien
sand

sân
dust

stof
earth
(as in soil)

ierde
cloud

wolk
fog

dize
sky

loft
wind
(as in breeze)

wyn
snow

snie
ice

iis
smoke

smoke
fire

fjoer
ash

jiske
to burn
(intransitive)

bârne
road

dyk/wei/reed
mountain

berch
red

read
green

grien
yellow

giel
white

wyt
black (swart)

swart
night

nacht
day
(daytime)

dei
year

jier
warm
(as in weather)

waarm
cold
(as in weather)

kâld
full

fol
new

nij
old

âld
good

goed
bad

min
rotten
(as a log)

ferrotte
dirty

smoarch
straight

rjocht
round

rûn
sharp
(as a knife)

skerp
dull
(as a knife)

stomp
smooth

glêd
wet

wiet
dry
(adjective)

droech
correct

korrekt
near

tichteby
far

fier
right
(side)

rjochts

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