måtte

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See also: matte, Matte, matté, and mätte

Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɔtə/, [ˈmʌd̥ə]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed via Middle Low German matte from Medieval Latin matta, of Semitic origin. Also borrowed to English mat and German Matte.

Noun[edit]

måtte c (singular definite måtten, plural indefinite måtter)

  1. mat
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Descendants[edit]
  • Faroese: motta
  • Icelandic: motta
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse mega (must, may), from Proto-Germanic *maganą, cognate with English may, German mögen. The original infinitive was lost and replaced by the past tense (in analogy with the verbs kunne (could), skulle (should), and ville (would), in which the infinitive and the past tense have become homophonous).

Verb[edit]

måtte (present , past måtte, past participle måttet)

  1. must, have to, got to (duty or certainty)
  2. can, may (allowance)
  3. may (wish)
  4. may (possibility)
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse mátta, Old Norse mega

Verb[edit]

måtte (present tense , simple past måtte, past participle måttet)

  1. must
  2. may (subjunctive present defective)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

måtte (present tense , past tense måtte, past participle mått or måtta)

  1. Alternative form of måtta

Swedish[edit]

Verb[edit]

måtte

  1. past tense of .