hygge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Danish hygge or Norwegian hygge.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhʊɡə/, /ˈhuːɡə/, /ˈhjuːɡə/

Noun[edit]

hygge (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly UK) Cosiness, comfort, contentment, conviviality. [from 21st c.]
    • 2016, Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian, 22 November:
      According to this now vast popular literature, the creation of an atmosphere of hygge is aided by gløgg (mulled wine), meatballs and cardamom buns.

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

hygge

  1. (chiefly UK) Cosy, convivial. [from 21st c.]
    • 2015, Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly, Icon Books Ltd (→ISBN):
      ‘So, where are they all? What's everyone doing?’
      ‘They're getting hygge,’ she tells me, making a noise that sounds a little like she has something stuck in her throat.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Used in Danish or Norwegian contexts.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Danish hyggæ (to think), from Old Norse hyggja (to think), from Proto-Germanic *hugjaną (to think, reconsider). The modern meaning has been taken over from Norwegian in the 19th century.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /hykə/, [ˈhyɡ̊ə]

Noun[edit]

hygge c (singular definite hyggen, not used in plural form)

  1. cosiness

Inflection[edit]

Verb[edit]

hygge

  1. (intransitive) to have a good time
  2. (intransitive) to make it comfortable, cozy (with the preposition om)
  3. (reflexive) to have a good time, enjoy oneself

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse hyggja f.

Alternative forms[edit]

hyggje (j-infix)

Noun[edit]

hygge f (definite singular hygga, indefinite plural hygger, definite plural hyggene)

  1. comfort, contentment

Noun[edit]

hygge n (definite singular hygget, indefinite plural hygge, definite plural hygga)

  1. an afterthought, consideration, attention

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse verb hyggja.

Verb[edit]

hygge (present tense hygger, past tense hygde, supine hygd or hygt, past participle hygd, present participle hyggande, imperative hygg)

  1. Alternative form of hyggja
  2. Alternative form of hyggje
  3. Alternative form of hygga

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