køn

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Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse kyn, from Proto-Germanic *kunją, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₁- (to produce). Compare Swedish kön, Norwegian kjønn, Icelandic kyn, North Frisian kinn, Dutch kunne, German Künne, English kin.

Noun[edit]

køn n (singular definite kønnet, plural indefinite køn)

  1. sex, gender (male or female division)
  2. (grammar) gender (division of nouns and pronouns etc.)
  3. private parts, genitals
Declension[edit]
Usage notes[edit]

If a gender/sex distinction is desired, it must be introduced explicitly, through modifiers such as psykologisk (psychological), biologisk (biological) or tildelt (assigned).

Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse kœnn (skilled, capable).

Adjective[edit]

køn

  1. pretty
  2. good-looking
  3. (ironic) nice, fine
    Det er da en køn situation du har rodet os ind i!
    What a fine situation you have gotten us tangled into!
    • 2016, Bo Green Jensen, En afgrund af frihed, Gyldendal A/S (ISBN 9788702223057)
      De var et kønt par egoister.
      They were a fine pair of egoists.
    • 2015, James Fenimore Cooper, Pionererne: eller Susquehannahs kilder, Klim (ISBN 9788771297096). Translated from English by Gerd Have.
      “Det var da en køn sammensværgelse!
      What a fine conspiracy!
    • 2015, C. S. Lewis, Narnia 1 - Troldmandens nevø, Gyldendal A/S (ISBN 9788702177848). Translated from English by Niels Søndergaard.
       »Det var da en køn redelighed for dem, hvis de ikke kunne komme tilbage!«
       »That would be quite unfortunate for them, if they couldn't get back!«
    • 2015, Carin Gerhardsen, Hendes iskolde øjne, Art People (ISBN 9788771593419)
      “Du er da en køn mor. Ude at knalde rundt hele weekenden ...
      Some mother you are. Out fucking all weekend ...
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of køn
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular køn kønnere kønnest2
Neuter singular kønt kønnere kønnest2
Plural kønne kønnere kønnest2
Definite attributive1 kønne kønnere kønneste
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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