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Etymology 1[edit]

Inherited from Old Swedish sātter, from Old Norse sáttr (reconciled), from Proto-Germanic *sahtaz.


såt (comparative såtare, superlative såtast)

  1. intimate, close
    såta vänner
    bosom friends
Usage notes[edit]

Indefinite neuter form avoided. Compare rädd.

Rare other than as part of certain expressions, when it is often used ironically.

Inflection of såt
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular såt såtare såtast
Neuter singular sått såtare såtast
Plural såta såtare såtast
Masculine plural3 såte såtare såtast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 såte såtare såtaste
All såta såtare såtaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic

Etymology 2[edit]

Inherited from Old Swedish sat (ambush). Related to säta, from Old Norse sæta (to sit in ambush for). Compare origin of försåt.


såt c

  1. (hunting) drive (an area into which game is driven)
Declension of såt 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative såt såten såtar såtarna
Genitive såts såtens såtars såtarnas


  • såt in Elof Hellquist, Svensk etymologisk ordbok (1st ed., 1922)
  • satter in Knut Fredrik Söderwall, Ordbok öfver svenska medeltids-språket, del 2:1: M-T