Appendix:False friends between Danish and English

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This is a list of English-Danish false friends, that is, word pairs similar in appearance but different in meaning. Translations may be approximated; see linked entries for details.

Danish word English translation English word Danish translation
aktuel current, relevant actual egentlig, reel, faktisk
art species art kunst, håndværk, evne
blanket form blanket tæppe, dyne
brik pawn, piece brick mursten
chef boss chef kok
eventuel possible, any eventual endelig, uundgåelig
delikat delicious, tasty delicate skrøbelig
fabrik factory fabric stof, klæde, tekstil
fyr pine, fire, lighthouse fir ædelgran
gift poison, married gift gave, foræring
skum foam scum afskum
sky cloud sky himmel
udenlandsk foreign outlandish mærkelig, sær
branche line of work branch gren, afdeling
hjemmeside website homepage startside
mail e-mail mail post
spotte mock spot få øje på
advokat lawyer advocate fortaler
grine laugh grin smile
rente interest rent husleje
barn child barn lade
konkurrence competition concurrence enighed, overenskomst, samtidighed
kommune municipality commune kollektiv
patetisk emotional, passionate pathetic ynkelig
prægnant concise pregnant gravid
pensel brush pencil blyant
realplan real plane
novelle short story novel roman
overbærende overbearing arrogant, nedladende
saltomortale somersault salto mortale dødsspring
impuls momentum impulse ændring i impuls
harmonika accordion harmonica mundharmonika
klit dune clit klitoris
dog however dog hund
slut end slut tøs
fart speed fart prut