The Alternative Faroese Dictionary

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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


æla pronunciation
  • [ˈɛala]
etymology From Old Norse æla (to pour)
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. to rain (rare: to hail, to snow), with pauses between (shower)
  2. (humorous) to weep on nothing (esp. children)
  • hann ælur - "he" is showering ("he" = the weather)
bispur {{wikipedia}} etymology Contracted form of biskupur. pronunciation
  • /ˈpɪspʊɹ/
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) bishop
  2. (chess) bishop
Synonyms: biskupur
boppa pronunciation
  • /ˈpɔʰpːa/
etymology From English boob (slang ‘a woman's breast’), around 1600-1800.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. teat
  2. wart, nipple
  3. female breast
    • fáa boppu suck
    • geva boppu give suck to, suckle, give breast to
  4. (childish) penis
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. to suck
  2. to suckle, to nurse, to breast-feed
didda pronunciation
  • /ˈtɪtːa/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, familiar) sister
  2. little girl
dugir tú enskt? {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{fo-phrase}}
  1. (informal) do you speak English?
feitur etymology From Old Norse feitr, from Proto-Germanic *faitaz.
adjective: {{fo-adj}}
  1. fat
  2. (typography) bold
  3. (colloquial, slang) phat, cool
Synonyms: (phat, cool) kulur
related terms:
  • feittutur
fokkaður etymology From English fucked.
adjective: {{fo-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) tired (in need of some rest or sleep), exhausted, fatigued
Unlike its English ancestor, this word is considered neither rude nor vulgar.
frata etymology From Old Norse frata, freta, from Proto-Germanic *fertaną, from Proto-Indo-European *perd-. pronunciation
  • [ˈfrɛaːʰta]
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. (vulgar) to fart
Synonyms: prumpa
grúkur etymology From Old Irish grúac.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. head of a seal
  2. (pejorative) head
Havn etymology Proper noun form of havn (‘harbour’) and short form of Tórshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. pronunciation
  • /haun/
proper noun: Havn {{g}}
  1. (colloquial) Tórshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands.
Note, that both the definite and the indefinite form can be used, but in genitive normally only the indefinite form.
  • Havnin er ein lítil bygd - Tórshavn is a small village (Song title by 2007)
  • Havnar bóltfelag - HB Tórshavn (a main Faroese soccer club)
  • vera í Havn(ini) - to be in Tórshavn
  • fara til Havnar - go to Tórshavn
  • (nautical) á Havn - to / at the Port of Tórshavn
  • (nautical) á Havnina - to the Port of Tórshavn
  • (nautical) á Havnini - at the Port of Tórshavn
hora etymology From Old Norse hóra, from Proto-Germanic *hōrǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *kāro-, *keh₂ro- 〈*keh₂ro-〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈhoːɹa/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) whore, (female) prostitute
  2. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) slut
  3. (nautical, jocular) tusk, cusk
Synonyms: (prostitute) skøkja, (tusk, cusk) brosma
jaksul Alternative forms: jaksli, jakslur etymology From Old Norse jaxl. pronunciation
  • /ˈjaksʊl/
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) molar
kai etymology From Danish kaj, from Old French kay, cail (modern French quai), from Gaulish cagiíum, from Proto-Celtic *kagyom (compare Welsh cae). pronunciation
  • /kʰaiː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) quay
Synonyms: bryggja, atløgubryggja
kelling etymology From Old Norse kerling. pronunciation
  • /ˈtʃʰɛtlɪŋk/
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) old hag
  2. witch
  3. (archaic) wife
klettur etymology From Old Norse klettr.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. large stone, rock, cliff
  2. (humorous) klettarnir - the Faroe Islands (literally "the rocks")
etymology 1 See below.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. arrival
etymology 2 From Old Norse koma, from Proto-Germanic *kwemaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷem- *gʷém-.
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. to come
  2. to arrive
  3. (intransitive, slang) to orgasm; to cum Eg komi nú! – "I'm about to cum!"
kukka pronunciation
  • /ˈkʰʊʰkːa/
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. to defecate (childish)
Synonyms: hjálpa sær sjálvum, fáa av sær, skíta, dríta
related terms:
  • kukkur
kulur etymology From English cool.
adjective: {{fo-adj}}
  1. (colloquial, slang) cool, phat
Synonyms: feitur
kunta etymology From Old Norse kunta, from Proto-Germanic *kuntōn. pronunciation
  • /ˈkʰʊn̥ta/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, obscene) cunt
kusa pronunciation
  • /ˈkʰuːsa/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (rare) udder, breast
  2. (affectionate) cow
  3. (vulgar) pussy
Synonyms: (cow) kúgv, (pussy) kunta, fisa, lall, pill
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) phat, sexy
løva pronunciation
  • [ˈløːva]
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) lion (Panthera leo)
Synonyms: ljón, leyva
verb: {{head}}
  1. form of First and third-person singular present I, he, she, it will / may
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) one, they indefinite third-person singular pronoun
Synonyms: (standard) mann
mogga etymology The verb is first mentioned in Svabo's Dictionarium Færoense from about 1773. There, he describes it neutral as ‘to lie with a woman’ (Danish: bivaane et Fruetimmer, Latin: foeminam inire, coitum cum sexu femineo exercere). The second meaning is ‘to cut with a dull knife’ (Danish: skære med sløv Kniv, Latin: hebeti cultro secare). Hammershaimb/Jakobsen 1891 don't mention it, and Chr. Matras 1961 describes the first meaning as vulgar, and the second as archaic. This is also true for the Føroysk orðabók 1998. pronunciation
  • [ˈmɔɡːa]
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. (obscene, vulgar) to fuck
    • hví moggar eingin í føroyskum skaldskapi? why does nobody fuck in Faroese fiction?
  2. (archaic) to cut with a dull knife
Synonyms: hava samlegu (to have sex), fara at, vera at
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) Norway
Synonyms: Noreg, Noregsland, Noregur
ormur etymology From Old Norse ormr, from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. serpent, snake
  2. worm
  3. caterpillar
  4. (folklore, mythology) dragon
Synonyms: slanga, maðkur, ormvera, dreki
  • [pʰɔɑː]
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (childish) poo
Synonyms: pa
preposition: {{head}}
  1. (poetic) on, upon
reisa pronunciation
  • [ˈɹaiːsa]
etymology 1 From late Old Norse reisa, from gml reise.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. journey
  2. time, times
Synonyms: (journey) ferð, (time, times) reis, sinn
etymology 2 A merger of ríse, from Old Norse rísa and Old Norse reisa. In the sense "go, travel" from gml reisen.
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. to raise, to lever, to lift
  2. to build
  3. to begin
  4. (colloquial) to travel
Synonyms: (to lift) fáa at rísa, hevja, lyfta, (to build) gera (smíða, laða, ...), (to begin) byrja, (to travel) ferðast
reyv etymology From Old Norse rauf. pronunciation
  • [ɹɛiːv]
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. buttocks
  2. anus
  3. (nautical) stern
  4. (vulgar) ass
sakin pronunciation
  • [ˈsɛakɪn]
noun: sakin {{g}}, definite nominative singular form of sak.
  1. (legal) action, proceedings
  2. thing, matter
adjective: sakin (no declension)
  1. (slang) phat, boss, awesome, cool
    • hetta er (mega) sakin this is mega cool
sjeikur etymology From Arabic شيخ 〈sẖykẖ〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈʃaiːkʊɹ/
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) good looking youngling
  2. (colloquial) boyfriend, beau, lover
    • sjeikurin hjá mær my boyfriend
  3. (Arabic) sheikh
ske etymology From Danish ske, from gml. pronunciation
  • /ʃeː/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. (archaic, colloquial) to happen, occur
Synonyms: (occur) henda
skeivur pronunciation
  • [ˈskaivʊr]
adjective: {{head}}
  1. leaning
    • skeiva tornið í Pisa the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  2. wrong
    • fara skeivan veg to go into the wrong direction
  3. false
    • skeivar frásagnir false stories
  4. (colloquial) drunken
skittur pronunciation
  • /ˈʃɪʰtʊɹ/
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. (strongly, colloquial, vulgar) excrement; shit
Synonyms: lortur
skon etymology Uncertain. Also found in Norwegian dialects skon; possibly related to Albanian hundë.Adam Hyllested, “Albanian ''hundë'' ‘nose’ and Faroese, SW Norwegian ''skon'' ‘snout’”, in ''Proceedings of the 23rd Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference'' (Bremen: Hempen, 2012), 73-81.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. snout
  2. (pejorative) face, mug
spikka {{was fwotd}} etymology From English speak during World War II. pronunciation
  • [ˈspɪʰkːa]
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. (humorous) to speak English
spráka etymology From German sprechen, from ? Old Norse spraka (‘to crackle’).
verb: {{fo-verb}}
  1. (archaic, colloquial) to speak, to chat
Synonyms: gramla, mølma, tosa, (rare) spreka
steik etymology From Old Norse steik. pronunciation
  • [staik]
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. roast
  2. (slang) crumpet
related terms:
  • steikja (to fry)
sunnur etymology From Danish sund, from gml sunt.
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) sound, healthy
Synonyms: frískur
etymology 1 From Old Norse tarfr, from Old Irish tarb, from Proto-Celtic *tarwos, from Proto-Indo-European *táwros. Compare Latin taurus, Old Norse þjórr (Faroese tjórur), from Proto-Semitic *θawr- 〈*thawr-〉, or from an unknown source.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. bull
  2. (astrology, astronomy) Taurus
  3. (pejorative) womanizer, lady-killer
etymology 2 From Old Norse þǫrf, from Proto-Germanic *þarbō. Cognate with Old English þearf, Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐍂𐌱𐌰 〈𐌸𐌰𐍂𐌱𐌰〉 and Icelandic þörf.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. necessity, demand, need
related terms:
  • tarva
Synonyms: tørvur
tjaldursegg etymology tjaldur〈oystercatcher〉 + egg〈egg〉 pronunciation
  • /ˈtʃʰaltʊɹsˌɛkː/
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. egg of the oystercatcher (tjaldur)
  2. (humorous) little barrel of schnapps
tosar tú enskt
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal) do you speak English?
etymology 1 From tríggir.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. rowing boat with six oars and three rowers, 18 feet long
  2. (card games) three
  3. (stýrivolt) chosen threes (trump threes)
Synonyms: tríu, tríur
etymology 2 {{loanword}} triste, from Latin tristis, from Proto-Indo-European *tréystis.
adjective: {{fo-adj}}
  1. (colloquial) sad, unhappy
Synonyms: illa hýrdur, dapur, óglaður
tygum etymology Originally dative form of fo, from Old Norse non, from Proto-Germanic *jūz, from Proto-Indo-European *túh₂ 〈*túh₂〉. pronunciation
  • [ˈtʰiːjʊn]
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (very formal) (rare) thou, you ( 2nd person singular, formal register pronoun).
    • eru tygum eingilskmaður / onglendingur? - are you an Englishman?
    • eru tygum amerikanari? - are you an American?
    • eru tygum føroyingur? - are you Faroese?
    • eru tygum týskari? - are you a German?
    • eru tygum dani? - are you a Dane?
    • eru tygum norðmaður? - are you a Norwegian?
    • eru tygum íslendingur? - are you an Icelander?
    • eru tygum svii / svíi? - are you a Swede?
    • hvussu gamal eru tygum? - how old ({{g}} {{g}}) are ({{g}}) you ({{g}})?
    • tosa tygum enskt? - do you speak English?
Synonyms: (informal) Tygum is only used in the singular. Its plural is the common tit. In addition, it takes plural verbs and singular adjectives.
urga etymology Probably an alteration of earlier urgan, reanalyzing it as feminine urga with definite article.
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. organ musical instrument
  2. (derogatory) organ publication controlled by some organization
Synonyms: (musical instrument) orgul, urgan, organ, (publication) málgagn
conjunction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) if
    • Hon kemur, vissi bussur koyrir. She will come, if the bus is running.
volapúkk etymology From Volapük Volapük. pronunciation
  • /ˌvoːlaˈpʰʏʰkː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{fo-noun}}
  1. Volapük
  2. (colloquial) nonsense, gobbledygook

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