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From Old Norse frekr (greedy, assertive, pushy); see also Icelandic frekur, German frech.


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fräck (comparative fräckare, superlative fräckast)

  1. brazen, shameless
    Hon är inte lite fräck som vågar sig hit efter vad hon gjorde
    She's got a lot of nerve coming here ("She is not a little (is very) brazen that dares herself here ...") after what she did
    1. rude
      Vilken fräck kommentar! Så säger man inte till sin egen mamma!
      What a rude comment! You don't talk like that to your own mother!
  2. cheeky, brazen, bold (of for example a robbery carried out in broad daylight)
    en fräck bankkupp
    a brazen bank heist
  3. (slang) cool, nice
    Vilken fräck bil!
    What a cool car!
    – Vi fick pizza som tack. – Fräckt!
    – We got pizza as thanks. – Nice!

Usage notes


Can be thought of as having the basic meaning brazen (bold and shameless), sometimes weakened to cheeky and by extension cool (think rebelliously – compare how rude might have been used as ad-hoc slang in English). Now often somewhat tongue in cheek dated in the cool sense.


Inflection of fräck
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular fräck fräckare fräckast
Neuter singular fräckt fräckare fräckast
Plural fräcka fräckare fräckast
Masculine plural3 fräcke fräckare fräckast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 fräcke fräckare fräckaste
All fräcka fräckare fräckaste
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