bølle

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Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From a gang called bøllesjakket, which took its name from its haunt, Bøllemosen (situated north of Copenhagen), which is again named after the plant bølle. The word was coined in 1885.

Noun[edit]

bølle

  1. bully
Declension[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bulljō, from Proto-Indo-European *bhljā (testicle), probably because of the similarity of the berry to testicles.

Noun[edit]

bølle

  1. bog bilberry (bush)
Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • Politikens Nudansk Ordbog med etymologi, 3rd ed. (c) 2005.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Danish name Bøllemose, a place where a band of misbehaving boys from Copenhagen would hang out. Term coined in 1885.

Noun[edit]

bølle f, m (definite singular bølla or bøllen, indefinite plural bøller, definite plural bøllene)

  1. brute; a brutish person
  2. rascal; a trickster, troublemaker.

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

bølle (present tense bøller, past tense bølla or bøllet, past participle bølla or bøllet)

  1. Act like a brute
  2. benignly harassing

References[edit]

  • “boelle” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.