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See also: gjal


Etymology 1[edit]

Compare Gutnish gail, German geil, from Proto-Germanic *gailaz.



  1. happy, cheerful, lively[1]
  2. horny, unchaste, rutting; about people and animals

Etymology 2[edit]

By variation from Old Norse gerði (fence.) Compare Icelandic gerð, Old Norse gørð, and Westrobothnian nästgäl f (packed lunch.)


gjäl f (definite singular gjäla)

  1. enclosure of cultivated soil, field
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Like Icelandic girða from Old Norse gerða, derived from gerði (fence.)


gjäl (preterite gjälä)

  1. to fence, to enclose with fence, to build a fence around the property

Etymology 4[edit]

From Old Norse gerð, gørð (deed,) from Proto-Germanic *garwidō. Cognate to Norwegian gjær (deed; custom, fashion, manner of doing something; nature, shape,) Gutnish gärd (deed,) Icelandic gerð, gjörð (act, action, etc.)


gjäl f (definite singular gjäla)

  1. custom, practice, habit
    Hä jär gjäla
    Such is the custom.
    Hä jär allti gjäla
    It’s always the case.


  1. ^ Rietz, Johan Ernst, “Gjäl”, in Svenskt dialektlexikon: ordbok öfver svenska allmogespråket [Swedish dialectal lexicon: a dictionary for the Swedish lects] (in Swedish), 1962 edition, Lund: C. W. K. Gleerups Förlag, published 1862–1867, page 189