Nynorsk 101

Nynorsk Word List

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

Norwegian (nynorsk)
I

eg
you
(singular)
thou (archaic)

du, De (formal)
he

han
we

vi, me
you (plural)

de, De (formal)
they

dei
this

denne, dette, desse (plural)
that

den, det
here

her
there

der
who

kven
what

kva
where

kvar, kor (degree)
when

kva tid, når
how

korleis, koss
not

ikkje, ei
all

alt, alle, all
many (fele)

mange
some

noko, somt, sumt
few

other

anna, annan, andre (plural)
one

eitt, ein, ei
two

to
three

tre, tri
four

fire
five

fem
big, (great)

stor
long

lang
wide (broad)

brei, vid
thick

tjukk
heavy

tung
small (little)

liten, litle/lisle/vesle (definite), små/småe (plural)
short

kort, stutt
narrow

smal, trong
thin

tynn, tunn
woman

kvinne, kvinna, kvinnfolk
man
(adult male)

mann, kar, kall
man
(human being)

menneske, menneskje (human kind)
child
(a youth)

barn, unge
wife

kone, kona, hustru, viv (poetic)
husband

mann
mother

mor, moder (poetic), mamma
father

far, fader (poetic), pappa
animal (beast)

dyr
fish

fisk
bird (fowl)

fugl
dog (hound)

hund
louse

lus
snake

orm, slange
worm

makk, orm
tree (beam)

tre
forest

skog
stick
(of wood)

pinne, kjepp, kvist
fruit

frukt
seed

frø, sæd (sperm)
leaf (blade)

blad, lauv
root

rot
bark
(of tree)

bork, never (bark of birch)
flower

blome, blom
grass

gras
rope

reip, tog, tau
skin (hide)

hud, skinn (animal skin)
meat
(as in flesh)

kjøtt, kjøt
blood

blod
bone

bein
fat
(noun)

feitt
egg

egg
horn

horn
tail

hale
feather
(rather not down)

fjør
hair

hår
head

hovud
ear

øyre, øyra
eye

auga
nose

nase
mouth

munn
tooth
(rather not molar)

tann, tonn
tongue

tunge, tunga
fingernail

nagl
foot

fot
leg

bein, legg (shin)
knee

kne
hand

hand
wing

veng, vengje
belly

mage, buk (animal belly)
guts

innvolar
neck

nakke (back), hals (front)
back (ridge)

rygg, bak (rare)
breast

bryst
heart

hjarta
liver

lever
to drink

drikka
to eat

eta, spisa
to bite

bita
to suck

suga
to spit

spytta
to vomit

spy, kasta opp
to blow
(as wind)

blåsa
to breathe

anda, pusta
to laugh

le
to see

sjå
to hear

høyra
to know

veta
to think

tenkja
to smell
(sense odor)

lukta
to fear

ottast, vera redd for
to sleep

sova
to live

leva
to die

døy
to kill

drepa
to fight
(physically)

slåst
to hunt
(transitive)

jakta, jaga, veida
to hit

slå
to cut

skjera
to split

kløyva, skilja, dela
to stab
(or stick)

stikka, stinga
to scratch
(an itch)

kleia, klå, klora (inflict pain)
to dig

grava
to swim

symja
to fly

fly, flyga
to walk

gå, ganga (poetic/archaic)
to come

koma
to lie
(as on one's side)

liggja
to sit

sitja
to stand

stå, standa
to turn
(change direction)

snu, venda
to fall
(as in drop)

falla, detta
to give

gje, gjeva
to hold
(in one's hand)

halda
to squeeze

klemma, trykkja
to rub

gnida, gni, gnu
to wash

vaska, två
to wipe

tørka, turka
to pull (drag)

dra, draga
to push

dytta, skuva, skumpa
to throw (cast)

kasta, slengja, hiva
to tie (bind)

binda, knyta
to sew

sy, sauma
to count

telja
to say

seia
to sing

syngja
to play

leika
to float

flyta
to flow

fløyma, renna, strøyma, flyta
to freeze

frysa
to swell

hovna, svella, trutna
sun

sol
moon

måne
star

stjerne, stjerna
water

vatn
to rain

regna
river

elv, å (small)
lake

innsjø, vatn, tjørn, tjern
sea
(as in ocean)

hav, sjø
salt

salt
stone

stein
sand

sand
dust

bos, støv, dust
earth
(as in soil)

jord
cloud

sky
fog

tåke, skodde
sky

himmel
wind
(as in breeze)

vind
snow

snø
ice

is
smoke

røyk
fire

eld
ash

oske, oska
to burn
(intransitive)

brenna
road

veg
mountain

fjell
red

raud
green

grøn
yellow

gul
white

kvit
black (swart)

svart
night

natt]
day
(daytime)

dag
year

år
warm
(as in weather)

varm (hot), logn (warm)
cold
(as in weather)

kald
full

full
new

ny
old

gamal
good

god, bra
bad

ill, vond, dåleg
rotten
(as a log)

ròten
dirty

møkut, skiten
straight

rett, bein, rak
round

rund
sharp
(as a knife)

skarp, kvass
dull
(as a knife)

slø
smooth

jamn, slett
wet

våt, blaut
dry
(adjective)

tørr, turr
correct

rett
near

nær, nære
far

langt
right
(side)

høgre
left
(side)

venstre, vinstre
at

hjå, hos, på
in

i
with

med
and

og
if

om
because

av di, på grunn av at
name

namn

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