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ord (word) +‎ knapp (scarce)


ordknapp (comparative mer ordknapp, superlative mest ordknapp)

  1. taciturn, silent, shy; frugal in words, not using more words than necessary
  2. expressive, eloquent; expressing much meaning with few words
    Ju ordknappare en dikt är, desto mer innehåll väntar man
    The more expressive a poem is, the more content you would expect

Usage notes[edit]

  • As the excerpt shows, the comparative ordknappare can appear, but is rare. The superlative ordknappast would hardly be used.


Inflection of ordknapp
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular ordknapp mer ordknapp mest ordknapp
Neuter singular ordknappt mer ordknappt mest ordknappt
Plural ordknappa mer ordknappa mest ordknappa
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 ordknappe mer ordknappe mest ordknappe
All ordknappa mer ordknappa mest ordknappa
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.



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