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See also: aniŋ

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


  • IPA(key): /ˈɑːnɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: an‧ing

Etymology 1[edit]

ane +‎ -ing, verbal noun form of ane (guess, sense; suspect), from Low German anen. Last part from Old Norse -ingr m, -ingi m, -ing f, from Proto-Germanic *-ingō, *-ungō.


aning f or m (definite singular aninga or aningen, indefinite plural aninger, definite plural aningene)

  1. the act of guessing, sensing, suspecting; a clue, idea
    Synonyms: anen, anelse
    • 1875, Henrik Ibsen, Digte, page 165:
      bag usynlighedens værn mine fugle skulde tvinde, i en anings trillers rad, takkens kvad
      behind the shield of invisibility my birds were to twist, in a row of trills a whirl, the squeal of thanks
    • 1920, Peter Egge, Inde i Fjordene, page 223:
      Siri hadde en aning om, at han var i et særskilt ærend idag
      Siri had an idea that he was on a special errand today
    • 1994, Line Baugstø, Brist:
      jeg vet ikke. – Ingen aning?
      I do not know. - No idea?
  2. a hint, bit, little (a small amount of)
    Synonyms: bit, hint
    • 1973, Mikkjel Fønhus, Under Skagsnuten, page 6:
      [han var] kald i målet, og med en aning av flir i ene munnvika
      [he was] cold in his language, and with a hint of grin in one corner of his mouth
    • 1971, Morgenbladet, page 3:
      forklaringen er nok en aning mer komplisert
      the explanation is probably a bit more complicated
    • 2008, Erling Pedersen, Kongens kvinner:
      ung bøk og gammel eik og en aning selje, det er det hun leter etter
      young beech and old oak and a little willow, that's what she's looking for

Etymology 2[edit]

Most likely either derived from the first etymology, or have the same exact origin.


aning m (definite singular aningen, indefinite plural aninger, definite plural aningene)

  1. (dialectal, nautical) a slight wind that barely moves the ocean surface
    Synonyms: heng, laring





From ana +‎ -ing. Attested since 1747.



aning c

  1. a suspicion, an idea, a notion
    Jag har ingen aning om vart han har gått nu
    I have no idea where he has gone now
  2. a bit (small amount)
    Häll i en aning mer mjölk
    Add a bit more milk
    De var aningen bättre
    They were slightly better (a bit better)


Declension of aning 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative aning aningen aningar aningarna
Genitive anings aningens aningars aningarnas

Derived terms[edit]