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From Proto-Finnic *nuija.


  • IPA(key): /ˈnui̯jɑ/, [ˈnui̯j(ː)ɑ]
  • Rhymes: -uijɑ
  • Syllabification: nui‧ja



  1. club, cudgel (heavy stick intended for use as a weapon)
    luolamiehen nuijacaveman's club
  2. mallet (type of hammer with a larger-than-usual head made of wood, rubber or similar non-iron material)
  3. maul (heavy, long-handled hammer)
  4. bludgeon (short, heavy club, which is thicker or loaded at one end)
  5. gavel; often also puheenjohtajan nuija (chairman's gavel) for clarity (wooden mallet of the chairman of a meeting)
    Hän oli sellainen tuomari, joka heiluttaa nuijaa yhdellä kädellä ja ottaa lahjuksia toisella.
    He was the sort of judge who swings the gavel with one hand and takes bribes with the other.
  6. (figuratively, idiomatic) kuin nuijalla lyöty (packed full)
    Huone oli kuin nuijalla lyöty.
    The room was (absolutely) packed.
  7. (music) Synonym of malletti (mallet; small hammer-like tool used for playing certain musical instruments)
  8. (colloquial) fool, idiot, clod
    Synonyms: ääliö, torvi, pölkkypää, idiootti, hölmö


Inflection of nuija (Kotus type 10/koira, no gradation)
nominative nuija nuijat
genitive nuijan nuijien
partitive nuijaa nuijia
illative nuijaan nuijiin
singular plural
nominative nuija nuijat
accusative nom. nuija nuijat
gen. nuijan
genitive nuijan nuijien
partitive nuijaa nuijia
inessive nuijassa nuijissa
elative nuijasta nuijista
illative nuijaan nuijiin
adessive nuijalla nuijilla
ablative nuijalta nuijilta
allative nuijalle nuijille
essive nuijana nuijina
translative nuijaksi nuijiksi
instructive nuijin
abessive nuijatta nuijitta
comitative nuijineen
Possessive forms of nuija (type koira)
possessor singular plural
1st person nuijani nuijamme
2nd person nuijasi nuijanne
3rd person nuijansa

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