Wiktionary:Requested entries (Norwegian Nynorsk)

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  • Consider creating a citations page with your evidence that the word exists instead of simply listing it here
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Added. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk)


  • balduska (halibut) - Northern Norwegian dialectal word from Russenorsk, along with several other words from Russenorsk mentioned in the Wikipedia article about the language: kartanka, råbbåte, klæba, prennek, krale, sabbusa, and kvase.
  • bob-bob. Same as meir eller mindre. Not sure about spelling of this one, but this variant is at least used on internet. Did it got any proper etymology or is it may be onomatopoeic? Is it dialectal?
Origin likely Danish, stemming from the 1991 TV-series The Julekalender, see related YouTube video. Might have to watch the show to find out if there's any deeper meaning :-) - but this Danish article states the follow:
Der er en grund til, at 'The Julekalender' er blevet genudsendt utallige gange, siden den blev vist første gang på TV 2 i 1991. Serien er nemlig spækket med humor og geniale udtryk.
Et af disse udtryk er "bob, bob, bob", som nåsåeren Benny ofte brillerer med, mens hans ene hånd vipper frem og tilbage.
Der er ingen klar definition på udtrykket, men det bruges, når noget er lige på grænsen.
"Bob, bob, bob" er måske dét citat fra en julekalender, der har vundet størst indpas i danskernes ordforråd. Det blev lynhurtigt populært i december 1991, og udtrykket bruges stadig af mange den dag i dag. Supevan (talk) 10:14, 10 June 2023 (UTC) Reply[reply]
  • Blakstad - a surname and place name in Norway, has a "Norwegian" entry which is lacking a lot of information
I’ve added the information I could find. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 12:02, 28 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • bise (to gossip, tattle) - dialectal, where the verb bisle (to tattle) is derived from, according to Naob.no
  • Borsheim - a surname



  • Dybevik - a surname from Western-Norway
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  • Othilie - a female given name, also part of place names such as Othilienborg in Trondheim.


  • puttehøl, or puttehól. See høl. Bokmål is gonna be puttehull i guess. A hole in a wall for hiding nails and hairs from devil. Was a real thing in many countries, as well in Northern Norway, but I've not finded nor mentions on the Internets, nor in the Norwegian ethnography books.
@Tollef Salemann: This sounds way too obscure. It’s not mentioned in any literature on nb.no, nor do I find any mention of the phenomena. Where did you even find the word, and is it actually appropriate for a dictionary? If I could get some more context, maybe I can find more information about it. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 18:50, 31 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Heard it from two independent oral sources from some Finnmark Norwegians who don't know each other. Have no contact with them now and can't find this word in any book, but it was sure a real thing in Finnmark, as it is also reported by Sami sources. May be, the word had just never got popularity and never was used in books. Tollef Salemann (talk) 21:20, 9 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I’ve removed the link to the word on høl for the time being, as I can’t find any evidence of its existence. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk)




  • svånå. See deld. Word used in Oppdalsboka. Can't find any further information on it, such as gender. Describing a real thing (a hole in stones with torevatn), common in folk medicine across the whole world. I ain't never heard it used in everyday speech (as far I can remember). Also, this word may be a variant of svånnå, a dialectal term for svane (swane), but they both are very rare (if used at all).
@Tollef Salemann The quote is “svånå skålforma utholingar t.d. i stein”. It doesn’t seem like a noun. The verb svånå (normalised Nynorsk svòna) apparently means to overflow in Dovre, so could it be the same in Oppdal? Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 17:05, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
ah, ofcourse!! haha i've never heard the verb "svona", so i tought it was a noun, due to the cursive.
sjølsagt! eg hev aldri haurt verbet "svona", so eg tenkte det var eit substantiv, sidan det var skreve i kursiv. Tollef Salemann (talk) 17:16, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I’ve created an entry for the verb svòna now. Seems like the river Svone comes from the same word. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 22:00, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There is also Svånåvatn lake. As far i know, there are no swans. Can't find etymology on this one yet. Tollef Salemann (talk) 22:04, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It seems very likely that it’s derived from the river name. I’ve added it (and other names) to the entry for Svone. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 22:39, 7 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I’m beginning to wonder if svòna is an actual word at all. It seems like it was invented by Norsk Ordbok 2014, solely based on the standardised spelling Svone of the river name Svånå.
From what I can find, it might possibly be svana (to dwindle, decrease) (this word) that has gotten a new, less specific meaning of any change in the water level. It appears that svana is always accompanied by ned; in which case, someone could easily get the idea that “svana opp” would mean the opposite, i.e. referring to an increase in the water level. Since both svòna and svana are pronounced svånå, I can’t find any signs of them being different words. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 00:27, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Eg skynar framleis ikkje den derre "andre ... bilete ... kunne vera svånå ... utholingar". Den setjinga der gjev jo inga meining! Dessutan, i Oppdal skal det vel heller vera forventa ei form som "svånnå"? Tollef Salemann (talk) 00:55, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Det verkar som at Alf Eriksen hev valt å skriva alle slike jamvektsord med éin konsonant. Tidlegare i boki skriv han elles fuglen mèd som svånå. Det er ikkje heilt uvanlegt å gjera det slik, sjølv for målføre der konsonanten heilt tydeleg er lang.
Fonemiskt er det vel /svo̞no̞/, realisert i Dovre som [sʋo̞.no̞], men [sʋo̞n.no̞] lenger nord. Ein stavemåte som ⟨svånå⟩ kann soleis hava fleire uttalor basert på kva system målføret fylgjer, og i Uppdal er det altso med lang konsonant. Sjå elles på namnet Harald, som er uttala både Hārald og Harrald, alt etter målføre. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 01:09, 8 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Added. Also “dialectal” was a mislabel by Victar, as this is a standardised word in Nynorsk. --Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 18:41, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hev er riktig skjønt at silje er det same som sållå? I sume dialekter er det skilnad millom seletøy (sållå) og sele og eit slags reiskap som er ein del tå seletøyet. Eg hev null peiling på slikt sjølv då, ettersom eg hev ingen hest. Trur det ska stå i "Trøndersk språkhistorie", men den bokja er no utlånt. Tollef Salemann (talk) 18:46, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Nei, silje er ikkje det same som sållå. Det siste er ei form av sele, medan silje er ei gamal avleiding av germansk *silô (sele). Tydingi er ikkje den same, og helder ikkje språkleg kunne sållå ha kome frå gn. *silja. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 20:40, 4 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Added. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 07:26, 22 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Added. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 17:36, 31 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The right spelling would be tåte. I’ve added it. Eiliv / ᛅᛁᛚᛁᚠᛦ (talk) 12:31, 15 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]