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From Old Swedish enfaldogher (folded once) (older form enfalder), from en (one) + fåll (crease; fold) + -ig (-y), from Old Norse einfaldr, from Proto-Germanic *ainafalþaz. Related to English onefold. Akin to en +‎ -faldig


  • IPA(key): /ˈeːnˌfaldɪ(ɡ)/



Inflection of enfaldig
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular enfaldig enfaldigare enfaldigast
Neuter singular enfaldigt enfaldigare enfaldigast
Plural enfaldiga enfaldigare enfaldigast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 enfaldige enfaldigare enfaldigaste
All enfaldiga enfaldigare enfaldigaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
  1. Lacking knowledge and wits; stupid, simple, fatuous.
    Hennes enfaldiga min imponerade inte på åhörarna.
    "The stupid look on her face did not impress the listeners."
  2. (archaic) Consisting of only one part; onefold.
  3. (archaic) Lacking embellishment or refinement; simple, spartan.
  4. (archaic) Uncomplicated.


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