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From Old Swedish diærver, from Old Norse djarfr, from Proto-Germanic *derbaz. According to Svenska Akademiens ordbok it may be related to the same stem as Old English deorfan ("to work; to act") and Lithuanian dirbti ("to work"), or Ancient Greek τρέφω (tréphō) ("to make solid; to make fat; to feed; to nurture"). Nationalencyklopedins ordbok suggests a relation to German derb ("coarse").



djärv (comparative djärvare, superlative djärvast)

  1. bold, daring, venturesome.
    Det var ett djärvt förslag.
    That was a bold suggestion.


Inflection of djärv
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular djärv djärvare djärvast
Neuter singular djärvt djärvare djärvast
Plural djärva djärvare djärvast
Masculine plural3 djärve djärvare djärvast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 djärve djärvare djärvaste
All djärva djärvare djärvaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic


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