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A loanword from Old Swedish corresponding to Modern Swedish påle (cognate with English pole); ultimately from Latin pālus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpɑːlu/, [ˈpɑːlu]
  • Rhymes: -ɑːlu
  • Syllabification: paa‧lu



  1. stake, pole (long and slender piece of wood or other material, often pointed at one end so as to be easily driven into the ground as a marker or a support or stay)
    toteemipaalutotem pole
  2. pile (large stake, driven into the earth or sea-bed for the support of a building, a pier, etc.)
    paalujunttapile driver
  3. (historical) the stake (upright piece of timber to which a person condemned to death by burning alive was affixed)
  4. (heraldry) pale
  5. (slang) money

Usage notes[edit]


Inflection of paalu (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative paalu paalut
genitive paalun paalujen
partitive paalua paaluja
illative paaluun paaluihin
singular plural
nominative paalu paalut
accusative nom. paalu paalut
gen. paalun
genitive paalun paalujen
partitive paalua paaluja
inessive paalussa paaluissa
elative paalusta paaluista
illative paaluun paaluihin
adessive paalulla paaluilla
ablative paalulta paaluilta
allative paalulle paaluille
essive paaluna paaluina
translative paaluksi paaluiksi
instructive paaluin
abessive paalutta paaluitta
comitative paaluineen
Possessive forms of paalu (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person paaluni paalumme
2nd person paalusi paalunne
3rd person paalunsa