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From Old Swedish drikka, from Old Norse drekka, from Proto-Germanic *drinkaną.

The noun is derived from the verb.[1]


  • IPA(key): /²drɪkːa/
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dricka (present dricker, preterite drack, supine druckit, imperative drick)

  1. to drink
    • 1915, Dan Andersson, Kolvaktarens Visor, Sista natten i Paindalen
      [] Och min farfar och farfars far var fattiga, svultna som jag,
      och i helgnätter, gnistrande klara, sina milor de klubbade till,
      och drucko som jag sin surmjölk och stekte sin sura sill []
      [] And my grandfather and great grandfather were poor, starved like I,
      and in weekend nights, sparkling clear, went they to their charcoal piles,
      and like I drank their sour milk, and roasted their sour herring []
  2. to regularly drink alcohol



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dricka c

  1. a drink; something which is drinkable (especially of soft drinks)
  2. beer or similar drink; rootbeer
  3. (colloquial) the water, the sea, the lake
    falla i drickat
    fall into the drink


Declension of dricka 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative dricka drickan drickor drickorna
Genitive drickas drickans drickors drickornas
Declension of dricka 2, 3
Indefinite Definite
Nominative dricka drickat
Genitive drickas drickats


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Usage notes[edit]

The neuter form (drickat) refers to the substance in general, e.g. all beverages at a party or all water in the lake. The common gender form (drickan) refers to a specific bottle (min dricka, din dricka) or a specific recipe (svagdrickan, lingondrickan).

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