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See also: laska, láska, laską, and łaska



From Low German leschen (to extinguish) and related to modern Dutch lessen and modern German löschen. According to Svenska Akademiens ordbok the original meaning has been "to make something lay down" and related to ligga (to lie). See also Danish læske. The noun is first attested in writing in 1644[1] and is described as a verbal noun derived from läska, which is attested from 1559.[2]



läska c

  1. (archaic) Coolness
    • 1664, Romble Salé, Then frantzöske kocken och pasteybakaren, p. 54.
      För them som brinna mycket inwertes och hafwa myckin letzsko aff nöden.
      For those who burn much inside and have have in need of coolness.
  2. (archaic) The state of something its thirst quenched or being refreshed.
    • 1849, Richard Dybeck, Runa: Svenska fornsamlingar, p. 11:
      En vederqvickande läska.
      A invigorating refreshment.


läska (present läskar, preterite läskade, supine läskat, imperative läska)

  1. to quench thirst, usually reflexive.
    Vi läskade oss med kall citronsaft.
    We quenched our thirst with cold lemonade.
  2. (archaic) to dry with absorbent paper (blotting paper); to blot.
    • 1910, Hjalmar Bergman, Hans nåds testamente, p. 279:
      Hans nåd lade ifrån sig pennan, läskade arket.
      His Grace laid down his pen, [and] blotted the sheet.
  3. (archaic, military) to cool down or to clean out the barrel of a gun from oil, gunpowder residue, etc.

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