näck

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See also: nack and Nack

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

näck c

"The Neck" with his violin, by Ernst Josephson.
  1. variation of Näcken, the Neck
    Synonyms: strömkarl, forskarl, kvarngubbe, bäckahästen, havsman
    • 1873, Theodor Wisén, “Oden, sjöfartens beskyddare”, in Oden och Loke: två bilder ur fornnordiska gudaläran, page 20:
      Han kallas ock på andra ställen hafvets herre och äfven hans tillnamn Nikar utmärker honom såsom vattnets gud och ställer honom såsom urbild för den senare folktrons näck eller strömkarl.
      He is also called in other places the lord of the sea also his nickname Nikar distinguishes him as the god of the water and places him as a precursor for the neck or strömkarl of later folklore
  2. (literature, archaic) god of the sea, Nordic equivalent of Poseidon or Neptune

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näck (not comparable, only predicative use)

People dressed as the Neck.
  1. (colloquial) nude, skinny dipping
    Synonym: naken
    "De badade näck."
    "They skinny dipped."
    (literally, “They bathed neck.”)
  2. (folklore) dropping a larger stone in the water, without splashing, creating a muffled sound and thereby scaring away the Neck
    "Han kastade näck.
    "He dropped the stone in the water."
    (literally, “He threw neck.”)
  3. (archaic) severe unhappiness
    En näck resa.
    An unhappy journey.
    (literally, “A neck journey.”)

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