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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Buksvåger Literally means "abdomen brothers-in-law"; used for two men who have slept with the same woman Swedish physical
Pålägg Anything that you can put in a sandwich Swedish food attribute
Blunda To close your eyes. Can be used literally or figuratively; refuse to see something. Swedish action
Nja Combining no (nej) and yes (ja); neither yes or no (or both yes and no); expressing uncertainty. Swedish measurement
Eldsjäl This noun is literally ‘fire-soul’, but the actual meaning is ‘enthusiast’ or ‘driving spirit’. Swedish strength
Lagom Not too much and not too little Swedish measurement
Pulsa To walk laboriously in snow. Swedish physical nature
Harkla The little coughing noise one makes, often before giving a speech or dislodging a piece of cinnamon bun from their throat Swedish action
Dygn Day and night; 24 hours Swedish measurement
Solkatt The glimmer that reflects the sunshine off a wristwatch Swedish physical beauty
Resfeber Travel fever/bug; the feeling of excitement and nervousness experienced by a traveller before undertaking a journey. Swedish travel physical
Vabba To be at home with the kids Swedish family
Gökotta To rise at dawn in order to go out and listen to the birds sing Swedish nature beauty
Mysig To describe anything with an unexpectedly relaxing vibe Swedish positive
Tretår A second refill or “threefill” of coffee Swedish measurement food
Hinna "To find the time” or “to be on time” Swedish time
Tjäle Ground frozen hard, beyond the point where digging is possible Swedish physical nature
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Palla To steal fruit off trees Swedish funny action food
Njuta to deeply enjoy, to profoundly appreciate. Swedish positive
Kulturbärare Lit. culture-bearer or culture-carrier; a phenomenon (e.g., person or idea) that upholds a culture and/or moves it forward. Swedish cultural
Skare A thin layer of ice on top of snow Swedish physical nature
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Mysa Can mean "cosying up" or "to snuggle", but in braoder sense, it means to "have a nice and relaxed time" Swedish happiness time
Badkruka Someone who refuses to enter a body of water. Eg. Get in the lake you badkruka, or am I going to have to pull you in by your beard? Swedish funny nature explore

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