karl

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See also: Karl and kärl

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaːl/, [kʰæːˀl]

Noun[edit]

karl c (singular definite karlen, plural indefinite karle)

  1. farmhand
  2. groom, ostler
  3. bloke, chap, guy

Inflection[edit]


Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [kʰard̥l] (
    (file)
    ), IPA(key): [kʰad̥l] (
    (file)
    )
  • Rhymes: -artl

Noun[edit]

karl m (genitive singular karls, nominative plural karlar)

  1. man (male human)
  2. husband
  3. male of a species
  4. (video games) a character (in a video game, or in a RPG)
  5. (chess) a chess piece, a chessman

Declension[edit]

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Old Norse[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz. Compare Old English ceorl, Old High German karal, karl.

Noun[edit]

karl m

  1. A man

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • karl in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  1. ^ The Journal of English and Germanic Philology. Volume II. 237th page.
  2. ^ Antiqvarisk Tidskrift för Sverige. Tionde Delen. 1887-1891. 305th page.
  3. ^ Pfaff, Judith (2018). Nordic Names. Web.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Swedish karilʀ, from Old Norse karl, from Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

karl c

  1. man (male human)
  2. husband
  3. (male) member of a work force, employed to perform some particularly heavy or physically demanding job

Usage notes[edit]

Has connotations of being manly, and is as such somewhat frowned upon by certain feminists; but it also may have connotations of being able to perform a certain task. Compare the formulaic expression karl för sin ... (with some attribute), which denotes someone who is up to par with his role, and is able to perform at least by some minimal standards on his own. Here the role is usually something associated with the given attribute, though karl för sin hatt is associated with a more generic male role.

Declension[edit]

Declension of karl 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative karl karlen karlar karlarna
Genitive karls karlens karlars karlarnas

See also[edit]