karl

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaːl/, [kʰæːˀl]

Noun[edit]

karl c (singular definite karlen, plural indefinite karle)

  1. farmhand
  2. groom, ostler
  3. bloke, chap, guy

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

karl m

  1. man (male human)
  2. husband
  3. male of a species
  4. (video games) a character (in a video game, or in a RPG)
  5. a chess piece, a chessman

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Old Norse[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz. Compare Old English ceorl, Old High German karal, karl.

Noun[edit]

karl m

  1. A man

Descendants[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

karl c

  1. man (male human)
  2. husband
  3. (male) member of a work force, employed to perform some particularly heavy or physically demanding job

Usage notes[edit]

Has connotations of being manly, and is as such somewhat frowned upon by believers in gender equality; but it also may have connotations of being able to perform a certain task. Compare the formulaic expression karl för sin ... (with some attribute), which denotes someone who is up to par with his role, and is able to perform at least by some minimal standards on his own. Here the role is usually something associated with the given attribute, though karl för sin hatt is associated with a more generic male role.

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