hygge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Danish hygge or Norwegian hygge.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhʊɡə/, /ˈhuːɡə/

Noun[edit]

hygge (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly Britain) Cosiness, 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 Britain) Cosy, convivial. [from 21st c.]
    • 2015, Helen Russell, The Year of Living Danishly:
      ‘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, from Old Norse hyggja (to think), from Proto-Germanic *hugjaną (to think, reconsider).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. cosiness

Derived terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

hygge

  1. (reflexive, intransitive) have a good time, enjoy oneself

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