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See also: jatte and jætte



From Old Swedish iætun, iætti, from Old Norse jǫtunn, from Proto-Germanic *etunaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed-.


jätte c

  1. jotun; a mythical humanoid creature of very great size
  2. giant


Declension of jätte 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative jätte jätten jättar jättarna
Genitive jättes jättens jättars jättarnas

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word is frequently used as a prefix to adjectives and adverbs, where it gives an emphatic meaning: stor = "big", but jättestor = "enormous"; ofta = "often", jätteofta = "very often". Also used when the compound may sound like an oxymoron: liten = "small" or "tiny", but jätteliten = "very tiny".