kerling

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse kerling.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈcʰɛrtliŋk/ (more formal, used especially in senses 1 and 2)
  • IPA(key): /ˈcʰɛtliŋk/
    Rhymes: -ɛtliŋk

Noun[edit]

kerling f (genitive singular kerlingar, nominative plural kerlingar)

  1. (old) woman
  2. (chiefly historical) a lower-class woman, as opposed to frú, dama, maddama
  3. (derogatory) wuss, wimp (referring to a man or boy)
  4. (informal, sometimes pejorative) wife
  5. a general term of endearment for a female; girl, old girl

Declension[edit]