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A clipping of Old Norse baðstofu (oblique case of baðstofa) with metaphony. Compare badstugu.


bastu f (definite singular bastua or basto, indefinite plural bastuer or bastur, definite plural bastuene or badstune)

  1. (dialectal) alternative form of badstove (sauna)


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A clipping of (probably) Old Swedish badstuwu, from earlier baþstova, equivalent to bad +‎ stuga. Compare inherited badstuga.


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bastu c

  1. a sauna (room for heat sessions)
  2. (in some expressions) a sauna (sauna session)
    Synonym: bastubad
    ta en bastu efter jobbet
    take a sauna after work (can also be expressed as "bada bastu efter jobbet" or "basta efter jobbet")

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Nouns ending with unstressed (short) -u are rare in Swedish and most of them are loanwords, and the plural form -r given by normative dictionaries feels unnatural to many speakers. For this reason, alternative plural forms like bastuar may be found.


Declension of bastu 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bastu bastun bastur basturna
Genitive bastus bastuns basturs basturnas

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