Norwegian words list

The goal of this list is to provide you a general idea of the Norwegian language. The words list shown below does not contain the most common Norwegian words, but a wide variation of randomly chosen words.

EnglishNorwegian (bokmål)
hornhorn
wevi
to splitdele, kløyve, skille
womankvinne, kvinnfolk
to givegi
to saysi
to cutskjære, kutte
small (little)liten, lille (definite), små (plural)
to hitslå
to freezefryse
thereder
to laughle
to bitebite
to washvaske
fatherfar, fader (poetic), pappa
skin (hide)hud, skinn (animal skin)
fogtåke
to swellhovne, svulme, svelle
fingernailnegl
man (adult male)mann, kar
wherehvor
to pushdytte, skyve
badille, vond, dårlig
gutsinnvoller
longlang
to liveleve
otherannet, annen, andre (plural)
eyeøye
to pull (drag)dra, trekke
correctrett, riktig
cloudsky
necknakke (back), hals (front)
to breathepuste, ånde
newny
sandsand
forestskog, skau
iceis
snakeorm, slange
rootrot
withmed
oneett, en, ei
to blow (as wind)blåse
to singsynge
to tie (bind)binde, knyte
wingvinge
to floatflyte
dull (as a knife)sløv
fruitfrukt
wifekone, hustru, viv (poetic)
duststøv, bøss
wind (as in breeze)vind
cold (as in weather)kald
black (swart)svart
to sewsy
to throw (cast)kaste, slenge, hive
to swimsvømme
bellymage, buk
to eatspise, ete
to killdrepe
headhode, hue
to scratch (an itch)klø, klore (inflict pain)
hehan
warm (as in weather)varm (hot), lun (warm)
left (side)venstre
to comekomme
bonebein
man (human being)menneske
yearår
heavytung
redrød
many (fele)mange
to die
to sitsitte
to thinktenke
namenavn
lakeinnsjø, vann, tjern
to fearfrykte, være redd for
to burn (intransitive)brenne
right (side)høyre
to playleke, leike
ifhvis, om
feather (rather not down)fjær, fjør
to knowvite
to stab (or stick)stikke
allalt, alle, all
meat (as in flesh)kjøtt
legbein, legg (shin)
mouthmunn
dirtyskitten
snowsnø
hairhår
ashaske
somenoe
dog (hound)hund
narrowsmal, trang
nearnær, nærme, nære
twoto
flowerblomst
mountainfjell
smoothjevn, slett, glatt
eggegg
hereher
wormmark, orm
sunsol
back (ridge)rygg, bak (rare)
hearthjerte
starstjerne
to lie (as on one’s side)ligge
to flyfly
wide (broad)bred, brei, vid
to diggrave
liverlever
to sucksuge
threetre
thintynn
earøre
thisdenne, dette, disse (plural)
to wipetørke
to sleepsove
to smell (sense odor)lukte
moonmåne
you (singular) thou (archaic)du, De (formal)
animal (beast)dyr
husbandmann, husbond (archaic)
bark (of tree)bark, never (bark of birch)
whohvem
sharp (as a knife)skarp
Ijeg
to hold (in one’s hand)holde
bloodblod
fullfull
fat (noun)fett
handhånd, hand
shortkort, stutt
grassgress, gras
whitehvit
stick (of wood)pinne, kjepp, kvist
farlangt
whathva
straightrett
watervann
few
to standstå
to walk
thatden, det
mothermor, moder (poetic), mamma
yellowgul
big, (great)stor
rotten (as a log)råtten
dry (adjective)tørr
fishfisk
sea (as in ocean)hav, sjø
roperep, tau
whennår
kneekne
wetvåt, bløt
to hunt (transitive)jakte, jage
becausefordi, på grunn av at
seedfrø, sæd (sperm)
to hearhøre
stonestein, sten
nightnatt
bird (fowl)fugl
to seese
child (a youth)barn, unge
theyde
you (plural)dere, De (formal)
thicktykk, tjukk
to drinkdrikke
goodgod, bra
ini
tooth (rather not molar)tann
breastbryst
tree (beam)tre
to squeezeklemme, presse, trykke
tailhale, svans
to fall (as in drop)falle, dette
athos, på
greengrønn
roadvei
to counttelle
nosenese
fivefem
to fight (physically)slåss
louselus
earth (as in soil)jord
andog
riverelv
to rainregne
roundrund
tonguetunge
to vomitspy, kaste opp
to spitspytte
notikke, ei
to turn (change direction)snu, vende
saltsalt
footfot
to flowflomme, renne, strømme, flyte
oldgammel, gammal
howhvordan, åssen
fourfire
skyhimmel
to rubgni, gnu
day (daytime)dag
smokerøyk
fireild
leaf (blade)blad, løv, lauv

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