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Etymology 1[edit]



  1. inflection of skjær:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Etymology 2[edit]

A variant of Old Norse skjór


skjære f or m (definite singular skjæra or skjæren, indefinite plural skjærer, definite plural skjærene)

  1. the European magpie (Pica pica)

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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old Norse skera (to cut), from Proto-Germanic *skeraną (to shear), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to cut). Cognate with Danish skære, Swedish skära, Faroese and Icelandic skera, Old English scieran, English shear, and Dutch and German scheren.


skjære (imperative skjær, present tense skjærer, passive skjæres, simple past skar, past participle skåret, present participle skjærende)

  1. To cut with a knife or a similar tool, to slice
    Skjære opp brødskiver - to cut slices from a loaf of bread
  2. To cut with a sharp-edged instrument
    Hun skar seg i fingeren - She cut her finger
  3. To gnash
    Han skar tenner av sinne - He gnashed his teeth in fury
  4. To penetrate, carve, cut through
    Båten skar seg fram i bølgene - The boat pushed ("carved") it's way through the waves
  5. To intersect
    De to linjene skjærer hverandre - The two lines are crossing each other
  6. To pierce
    Det skar et skrik gjennom stillheten - A scream pierced the silence
    Han ga fra seg et skjærende skrik - He emitted a piercing scream
  7. To swerve, sheer
    Bilen skar ut av veien - The car swerved off the road
  8. As a reflexive verb: Fail to work, fall apart
    Motoren skar seg - The engine cut out
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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]


skjære (present tense skjær, past tense skar, past participle skore, passive infinitive skjærast, present participle skjærande, imperative skjær)

  1. form removed with the spelling reform of 1938; superseded by skjera