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adda etymology From English add. pronunciation
  • /ˈatːa/ {{rhymes}} {{homophones}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (Internet, slang, transitive, with dative) to add (a person to one’s contact list or friend list, on social networking sites, messaging services, etc.)
akkuru Alternative forms: afhverju (non-standard spelling), af hverju etymology A contraction of af hverju meaning "why".
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) why
amerískur pronunciation
  • /ˈaːmɛːriskʏr/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. American (pertaining to the Americas)
  2. (informal or dated) American (pertaining to the United States of America)
noun: {{head}}
  1. definite of andskoti
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) shit! fuck! damn!
anzvíti etymology A contraction of andskoti "devil" and helvíti "hell".
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) bastard
    • Anzvítið (neuter) þitt! You bastard!
    • Anzvítinn (masculine) þinn! You bastard!
  2. (vulgar) damn
    • Þetta kaffi er anzvíti gott. This coffee is damn good.
Only used in rare examples.
band etymology From Old Norse band. pronunciation
  • [pant]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a string
  2. yarn
  3. (figuratively, in the plural) ties, connection, relation
  4. binding (of a book)
  5. (music) tie
  6. (music, slang) a musical band
Synonyms: (band) hljómsveit {{g}}
related terms:
  • binda
  • bundinn
bandvitlaus etymology From band + vitlaus. Compare the synonym snælduvitlaus.
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. (informal) crazy, mad as a hatter
  2. (informal) entirely wrong
Synonyms: (crazy) bandbrjálaður, kolbilaður, kolvitlaus, snarbilaður, snarklikkaður, snælduvitlaus, (entirely wrong) kolrangur, kolvitlaus
barn etymology From Old Norse barn, from Proto-Germanic *barną. pronunciation
  • [ˈpartn], [ˈpatn] (colloquial), [ˈparn] (Southeast dialect)
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a child
baula pronunciation
  • /ˈpøyːla/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old Norse baula.
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (of a cow) to moo, to low
  2. to make a loud (deep) noise; to bellow
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) cow
  2. the hyoid of a cod (or similar fish)
etymology 2 From Danish bøjle, from an older bøgel, related to Norwegian Nynorsk bøygjel, Swedish bögel, from Proto-Germanic *baugila-.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. U-bolt
  2. (music) crook (length of tubing used to tune brass instruments)
  3. (music) barrel (part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint)
beila etymology From English bail. pronunciation
  • /ˈpeiːla/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (slang) to bail (fail to attend, fail to meet a commitment, as a conscious choice)
noun: belja {{g}}
  1. (informal) cow (animal)
  2. (derogative) cow (said of a person)
besefi etymology From Danish besyv, modified compound of bøs and syv, modeled after German böse sieben. pronunciation
  • /ˈpɛːsɛːvɪ/
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (card games) the card seven in certain games where it has special significance
  2. (slang) a penis
blók etymology From English bloke. pronunciation
  • /plouːk/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) a person who is of little worth or miserable
Now most often used in compounds.
bolla pronunciation
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a bun or a dumpling, a roll
  2. a bun eaten on bolludagur, with cream in between and jam, and sometimes with chocolate on top
  3. a punch, a toddy
  4. (slang, pejorative) a fatso, a tubby
interjection: bolla!
  1. an exclamation that children shout on bolludagur
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. a verb denoting the act when children spank their parents or guardians on bolludagur (shouting bolla! bolla! bolla! for every hit), to get a bun (bolla) for each hit
bossi pronunciation
  • /ˈpɔsːɪ/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 A hypocorism, from botn + si.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) butt, bum (especially of children, when speaking to children or when implying cuteness)
Synonyms: (butt) afturendi, bakhluti, botn, rass
etymology 2 From English boss. Alternative forms: boss
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) boss (leader, person in charge)
Synonyms: (boss) yfirmaður
brass pronunciation
  • /prasː/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (music, slang) brass
brjóst etymology From Old Norse brjóst, from Proto-Germanic *breustą, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrews-. pronunciation
  • /prjoust/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. one of a woman's breast
  2. breast (chest)
  3. (chiefly, poetic) breast (a person's seat of emotion)
  4. the front of something
Synonyms: (woman's breast) bobbingur (colloquial, somewhat offensive), (chest) bringa, (seat of emotion) hjarta (literally "heart")
bræt etymology From English bright. pronunciation
  • /praiːt/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (slang) bright (intelligent, smart, quick on the uptake)
böllur etymology From Old Norse bǫllr, from Proto-Germanic *balluz, from Proto-Indo-European *bholn-, from Proto-Indo-European *bhel-, confer the English ball. pronunciation
  • /ˈpœtlʏr/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) penis, cock, prick
  2. (rare or archaic, vulgar) scrotum, balls
  3. (obsolete) ball
Synonyms: (scrotum) pungur, (penis) reður, typpi
deita etymology From English date. pronunciation
  • /ˈteiːta/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (slang) to date (someone)
dissa etymology From English diss. pronunciation
  • /ˈtɪsːa/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (slang) to mess with, diss Ekki dissa mig fokking fíflið þitt! Don't diss me you fucking idiot!
related terms:
  • diss
Synonyms: (to diss) abbast upp á
díler etymology From English dealer. pronunciation
  • /ˈtiːlɛr/
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) dealer, drug dealer Þekkir einhver góðan díler?[ Slangurorðabókin (“The Slang Dictionary”)], díler Does anyone know a good dealer?
Synonyms: (drug dealer) eiturlyfjasali, dópsali
díll {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /titl/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. spot, dot, fleck
  2. (computing) a pixel
Synonyms: (spot) blettur, depill, doppa, flekkur, (pixel) depill, pixill, (uncommon) tvívíð myndeind
etymology 2 From English deal.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal, slang) deal, agreement, bargain Þetta hljómar eins og góður díll. Sounds like a good deal.
djók etymology Late 20th century, from English joke.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) a joke Slappaðu af, þetta var bara djók. Relax, it was just a joke.
related terms:
  • djóka
Synonyms: (joke) grín
interjection: djók!
  1. (slang) joking!, joke!
djóka etymology From English joke. pronunciation
  • /ˈtjouːka/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (slang) to joke
djús etymology From English juice, ultimately from Latin ius.
noun: {{head}}
  1. juice (usually denoting juice mixed from concentrate that is not a pure fruit extract)
  2. (slang) alcohol, alcoholic mix
Synonyms: (juice) safi {{g}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. definite of djöfull.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) shit! fuck! damn!
Synonyms: andskotinn, helvítis
drasl pronunciation
  • [trastl] {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. junk, rubbish, litter{{jump}}
  2. heap of junk, piece of shit, piece of crap; an object or thing of poor quality Nýja uppfærslan er algjört drasl. The new upgrade is a piece of crap.
  3. (informal) stuff, junk Hvenær ætlarðu að sækja draslið þitt? When are you gonna pick up your stuff?
Synonyms: {{jump}} rusl
dráttur etymology From Old Norse dráttr, from Proto-Germanic *drahtuz. pronunciation
  • /ˈtrauhtʏr/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. the act of pull, draw
  2. stroke (with a pen, etc.)
  3. the act of delay; deferral
  4. (colloquial) hump, screw, shag (act of sexual intercourse)
drengur {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old Norse drengr. pronunciation
  • /ˈtreiŋkʏr/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. boy (male child)
Synonyms: (boy) strákur, piltur, (informal) stráksi
  • (boy) stelpa, stúlka, telpa
drepast etymology {{is mms}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (offensive) to die Gamli karlinn drapst. The old man died. Ég er að drepast úr greddu. I'm horny as fuck.
  2. to kick the bucket (referring to a machine) Gemsinn minn drapst. Ég verð að fá mér nýjan. My mobile kicked the bucket. I have to get a new one.
drjóli Alternative forms: dréli, drjóll (archaic)
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) a wang, a dong, a cock
  2. something big or large
  3. a large, strong male
  4. a loafer, an idler{{jump}}
  5. hay for stuff damp skinnsokkur with while they dry
related terms:
  • dréli
  • drjól
  • drjóla
  • drjóll
Synonyms: {{jump}} slæpingi
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (of cars) a crock, a jalopy, a heap{{jump}} Þessi bíll er algjör drusla. This car is a total jalopy.
  2. (vulgar) slut Þegiðu helvítis druslan þín! Shut up you bloody slut!
Synonyms: {{jump}} bíldrusla {{g}}, skrjóður {{g}}, bílskrjóður {{g}}, beygla {{g}}
  • aldurs
ekki baun etymology Literally “not a bean”, from ekki + baun. pronunciation
  • /(ˌ)ɛhcɪˈpøyːn/
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) nothing at all, absolutely nothing
Synonyms: ekkert, alls ekkert, ekki baun í bala
adverb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) not at all, absolutely not
Synonyms: alls ekki, alls ekkert, ekkert
éta etymology Common-Germanic. From Old Norse eta, from Proto-Germanic *etaną, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- 〈*h₁ed-〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈjɛːta/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-strong}}
  1. (ambitransitive, governs the accusative, of an animal) to eat
  2. (ambitransitive, governs the accusative, vulgar, of a person) to eat
faggi etymology From English fag, faggot. pronunciation
  • /ˈfacːɪ/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang, offensive) fagot, fag Farðu af spjallþræðinum, grunnskólafaggi! Get off the thread, elementary school faggot!
fappa etymology From English fap. pronunciation
  • /ˈfahpa/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (slang) to fap, (of men) to masturbate
fart etymology From Danish fart. pronunciation
  • /far̥t/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) speed exampleÞað er nú meiri fartin á þér, drengur! My, you sure seem to be in a hurry, son!
fés etymology From Danish fjæs, from English face. pronunciation
  • /fjɛːs/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (derogatory) face, mug
Synonyms: (face, mug) smetti, trýni
Fésbók {{wikipedia}} etymology A calque of the English term Facebook, from fés, mainly chosen due to its similarities to its English counterpart, and bók. Alternative forms: Facebook, Feisbúkk, Feisbók pronunciation
  • /ˈfjɛːsˌpouːk/
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. (humorous, neologism) Facebook (social networking site)
etymology 1 From the verb fokka.
noun: {{head}}
  1. the act of loiter; pointless hang about or fiddling with something
Synonyms: slór, hangs, dundur, dútl
etymology 2 From the English expletive fuck.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) fuck
This expletive is much milder than fuck in English, and is usually not considered taboo, although it is very informal and mainly used by younger people (<30). Compare with sjitt, which has a longer history in the language and is much more likely to be heard from middle-aged Icelanders.
foli {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old Norse foli.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a foal
  2. (slang, of a person) a stud
forhúðarostur etymology From forhúð + ostur. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɔːr.huːðaːrˌɔstʏr/
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) smegma
Synonyms: (smegma) reðurfarði {{g}}, limfarði {{g}}, ostur {{g}}
formatta etymology From English format. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɔrmahta/
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (with accusative, computing, slang) to format, to initialise; to prepare a mass storage medium for initial use, erasing any existing data in the process.
Synonyms: (format) forsníða, formattera, strauja
framhlaðningur etymology From fram meaning "forth" + -hlaðningur meaning "load".
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. musket
  2. muzzleloader
  3. (slang) shotgun, the seat next to the driver
  • (a muzzle loader) afturhlaðningur {{g}}
Synonyms: (a muzzle loader) framhlaðin byssa {{g}}
freta etymology From Old Norse freta, frata, from Proto-Germanic *fertaną, from Proto-Indo-European *perd-. pronunciation
  • /ˈfrɛːta/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (vulgar) to fart
fullur etymology From Old Norse fullr, from Proto-Germanic *fullaz, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós 〈*pl̥h₁nós〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈfʏtlʏr/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. full of something{{jump}} Salurinn var fullur af fólki. The hall was full of people.
  2. drunk Ég er svo fullur! I'm so drunk!
Synonyms: (full) troðinn, (drunk) drukkinn, (slang) hellaður[ Slangurorðabókin] Hellaður
related terms:
  • fylla
fylgja etymology From Old Norse fylgja, from Proto-Germanic *fulgijaną. pronunciation
  • /ˈfɪlca/
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. to accompany, follow
  2. to legally belong with
  3. to come bundled with or be part of the benefits or rights that follow something
  4. to follow, abide by (a rule, law, tradition, etc.)
  5. to follow, agree with, support
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) company (the act of accompanying, i.e. following, going as someone's companion)
  2. placenta
  3. (folklore) a spirit which follows someone; guardian spirit
  4. (computing, slang) attachment file sent with an e-mail message
Synonyms: (company) fylgd, (placenta) legkaka, barnsfylgja, fósturfylgja, (attachment) viðhengi, fylgiskjal
fýra pronunciation
  • /ˈfiːra/ {{rhymes}} {{homophones}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (dated, informal) to fire (from a gun)
  2. to turn on or turn up the heat, to light a fire
fæll etymology From English file. pronunciation
  • /faitl/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang) file
Synonyms: skrá
gata pronunciation
  • /ˈkaːta/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old Norse gata, from Proto-Germanic *gatwǭ.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. street, road
etymology 2 From gat.
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (transitive) to pierce through
  2. (transitive) specifically, to punch a hole in (using a perforator)
  3. (intransitive, informal) to be stump (be unable to answer a question)
gaur pronunciation
  • /køyːr/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (dated) pole
  2. (dated) a gangly youth/man
  3. a loud, unruly boy
  4. (slang) fellow, guy, dude
gámur etymology Perhaps from the same root as Greek χήμη 〈chḗmē〉. pronunciation
  • [ˈkauːmʏr]
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. a large, spacious container or room
  2. (informal) a person who eat much; gourmand, glutton
  3. a container (large box used for transport)
Synonyms: (large, spacious container or room) gímald, (gourmand) átvagl, mathákur
related terms:
  • gæma
  • mágur
geðveikur etymology From geð ‘mind’ + veikur ‘sick, ill’. pronunciation
  • /ˈcɛð.veiːkʏr/
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. insane, mentally ill
  2. (informal) sick, awesome (really cool, nice, powerful, or the like)
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) a gal, a babe, a chick, a bird (UK){{jump}} Þetta er fokking heit gella! That chick is fucking smoking! Ég hitti þessa geðveikt flottu gellu í skólanum, en hún átti kærasta. I met this bitchin' babe at school, but she had a boyfriend.
  2. (nautical, of a fish) gill
Synonyms: {{jump}} skutla, tískudrós (obsolete), {{jump}} kverksigi
gemmér etymology A contraction of gefðu the imperative of the verb gefa meaning "to give" + mér the dative of ég meaning "I". Literally meaning "give me".
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) gimme
gemsi pronunciation
  • [ˈcɛmsɪ] {{rhymes}}
etymology A metathetic vocalization of GSM. Originally the word for a lamb who has been separated from its mother, the word fell into disuse until the emergence of the GSM telephone. (Source : Muu Nýmjólk Facts.)
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) cell, mobile phone
Synonyms: (mobile phone) farsími {{g}}, GSM-sími {{g}}
glás pronunciation
  • [klauːs] {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) a lot, a large amount
Synonyms: hellingur, slatti
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) horniness, randiness, sexual arousal[ Slangurorðabókin (“The Slang Dictionary”)], gredda Ég er að drepast úr greddu. I'm horny as hell.
gríslingur Alternative forms: grislingur etymology From grís and -lingur.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a piglet, a piggy{{jump}}
  2. (informal) a tiddler, a youngster; a young person of either sex{{jump}}
Synonyms: {{jump}} grís, {{jump}} rollingur, kríli
grjón etymology From Old Norse grjón, whence the Danish gryn and the Swedish gryn, cognate with Middle High German grien. pronunciation
  • /krjouːn/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a grain, usu. of rice
  2. (offensive, pejorative, slang, ethnic slur) an East Asian person
Synonyms: (Asian person) hrísgrjón
grúbba etymology Likely from Danish gruppe, which comes via German from French groupe. pronunciation
  • /ˈkrupːa/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) group
græja pronunciation
  • /ˈkraiːja/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Danish greje, from Norwegian greie, from Old Norse greiði.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a tool, instrument or appliance, especially one perceived as clever, powerful or trendy; gadget
  2. (especially in plural) stereo (device for listening to recorded sound)
etymology 2 From Danish greje, from Norwegian greie, greida, from Old Norse greiða, related to Etymology 1.
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (informal) to arrange, fix
gæi etymology From English guy. pronunciation
  • /ˈkaiːjɪ/ {{rhymes}}
Note the irregularity in the spelling: written is normally /c/ before .
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) a cool, tough guy
gæra pronunciation
  • /ˈcaiːra/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. sheepskin (with wool still attached) Hún fláði gæruna af lambinu. She flayed the lamb's skin.
  2. (derogatory) tart, slut
Synonyms: (tart) gála
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. (slang) cheesy, shabby
interjection: {{head}}
  1. hello, good day; a salutation said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence
  2. hello, a greeting used when answering the telephone Halló, við hvern tala ég? Hello, who am I speaking to?
  3. hello; a call for response if it is not clear if anyone is present or listening, or if a telephone conversation may have been disconnected.
hallærislegur etymology hallæri + legur
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) old-fashioned, ill-befitting
haus {{wikipedia}} etymology From Old Norse hauss, from Proto-Germanic *hausaz, cognate with Lithuanian kiáušė, Latvian kauss; from the same basic Proto-Indo-European root as hodd, hosa and hús. pronunciation
  • /høyːs/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. skull
  2. (anatomy, informal or slightly, derogatory, or of animals) head
  3. (printing) header (text area at the top of a page)
Synonyms: (head) höfuð, kollur
hedd etymology From English head. pronunciation
  • /hɛtː/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) cylinder head
Synonyms: (cylinder head) strokklok
heitur etymology From Old Norse heitr, from Proto-Germanic *haitaz. pronunciation
  • /ˈheiːtʏr/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. hot
  2. (slang) hot, banging, smoking Þessi gella er fokking heit marr. This babe is banging dude. Gaurinn sem situr fremst er ógeðslega heitur, finnst þér það ekki? The guy sitting in front is really hot don't you think?
helvískur etymology From helvíti + skur. Alternative forms: helvízkur pronunciation
  • /ˈhɛl.viskʏr/
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. of or pertaining to hell; hellish, infernal
  2. (pejorative) damn, goddamn
helvítis etymology The the genitive form of helvíti meaning "of hell".
noun: helvítis
  1. (indefinite) the genitive singular form of the word helvíti.
interjection: helvítis!
  1. (vulgar) fuck! damn! Helvítis! Ég týndi lyklunum mínum aftur! Fuck! I lost my key again!
Synonyms: (fuck) andskotinn!, djöfullinn!
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) bloody, fucking, sodding Helvítis tölvan mín fraus aftur! My bloody computer froze again! Ég hata helvítis drusluna! I hate the fucking slut! Ég hata þessa helvítis druslu! I hate that fucking slut!
Synonyms: (fucking) fokkíng, andskotans, djöfulsins
hjúkrunarkona etymology From hjúkrun and kona.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a female nurse, a woman trained to provide care for the sick{{jump}} Nýbökuð hjúkrunarkona. A newly qualified nurse.
Synonyms: {{jump}} (gender-neutral) hjúkrunarfræðingur, (female) hjúkka
  • The gender-neutral term hjúkrunarfræðingur may be used in favour of the term hjúkrunarkona.
hlaða niður etymology From the verb hlaða meaning to "load" + niður meaning "down".
verb: {{head}}
  1. (Internet) to download
Synonyms: (download) downloada (slang)
hland etymology From Old Norse hland, from Proto-Germanic *hlandą, from Proto-Indo-European *klān-. Cognate the English lant from Middle English land from Old English hland, and Norwegian land. pronunciation
  • [l̥ant] {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) piss
Synonyms: (urine) þvag, (informal) piss
hnakki {{wikipedia}} pronunciation {{wikipedia}}
  • [ˈn̥ahcɪ] {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} From Old Norse hnakki. Origin of the slang sense is unknown.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. nape of the neck
  2. (slang, pejorative, neologism) a stereotypical grouping of superficial juvenile associated with sport, fitness and tan, that often bleach their hair and dress fashionably- similar to a jock
etymology 2 See hnakkur.
noun: {{is-noun form}} {{g}}
  1. is-inflection of hnakkur
hommatittur etymology From homma genitive of hommi and tittur.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) a fagot, a fag
  • The term hommatittur is considered offensive. Usage of the word hommi is preferred.
  • (a fagot) lessa
hommi etymology An alteration and shortening of now obsolete hómósexúalisti. pronunciation
  • /ˈhɔmːɪ/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a homosexual male, a gay male
  2. (offensive) a faggot, a fag
  • Although the word hommi can be used maliciously, it is the word mainly used when referring to homosexuals, and is itself used a lot by homosexuals. It is perhaps viewed in the same way as gay; i.e. a more casual and less dated word over being gay (beating lengthy words like homosexuality and in Icelandic; samkynhneigð). The term hommar og lesbíur is most often used about gays and lesbians.
related terms:
  • hómó
hóra etymology From Old Norse hóra, from Proto-Germanic *hōrǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *kāro-, *keh₂ro- 〈*keh₂ro-〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈhouːra/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) whore, (female) prostitute
  2. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) slut
  3. (vulgar, slang, pejorative) a contemptible person, male or female
hreinn pronunciation
  • /r̥eitn/ {{rhymes}} Homophones: Hreinn
etymology 1 From Old Norse hreinn, from Proto-Germanic *hrainiz.
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. clean
  2. pure
  3. (slang) virgin Ertu ennþá hreinn? Are you still a virgin? (referring to a man) Ertu ennþá hrein? Are you still a virgin? (referring to a woman)
  • (clean) óhreinn, skítugur
etymology 2
etymology From Old Norse hreinn.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (male) reindeer
hrísgrjón etymology From hrís + grjón.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a grain of rice
  2. (in the plural) rice
  3. (ethnic slur) an East Asian person
Synonyms: (an Asian person): grjón
hrognamál etymology From hrogn ‘roe’ + mál ‘language’. pronunciation
  • /ˈr̥ɔknaˌmauːl/
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) speech (or a certain language) which is deemed poorly enunciated, guttural, perverted, difficult for non-natives, and the like; gibberish
hræ etymology From Old Norse hræ, from Proto-Germanic *hraiwą. pronunciation
  • /r̥aiː/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{head}}
  1. carcass; body of a dead animal or human
  2. (figuratively, informal) a worn out and useless machine
It is considered coarse and unbefitting to use this word for a human corpse in the modern language, although it seemed to be commonly used without insult in earlier times. Synonyms: (carcass) lík (usually of a human corpse), nár (human corpse)
hýr pronunciation
  • [çiːr] {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{is-adj}}
  1. glad, happy, satisfied (more common meaning)
  2. (colloquial) gay, homosexual (less common meaning)
  3. tipsy
hæna etymology From Old Norse hœna, from Proto-Germanic *hōnijǭ, related to *hanjō, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *kan-, *kana-. pronunciation
  • /ˈhaiːna/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a hen, a chicken
  2. (slang) a person who gets drunk from small amounts of alcohol
related terms:
  • hani
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (transitive, governs the accusative) to lure, to attract
imbakassi etymology From imbi + kassi, confer the English idiot box.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (uncountable, slang) television, TV
  2. (countable, slang) a television set
Synonyms: (television) sjónvarp, sjónvarpstæki, (television set) sjónvarp, sjónvarpstæki
Ísland etymology From Old Norse Ísland, from íss ( > Icelandic ís) + land ( > Icelandic land). pronunciation
  • /ˈistlant/
proper noun: {{head}}
  1. Iceland
Synonyms: (archaic) Snæland {{g}}, (poetic) Frón {{g}}, (informal) klaki, Hrímgrund {{g}}, Hrímland {{g}}
  • /jauː/
  • {{rhymes}}
adverb: {{is-adv}}
  1. yes
Synonyms: jamm (informal), jahá (informal, joyful)
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (informal) yes (as an exclamation of joy or excitement)
Synonyms: jess (informal), jei (informal), jahá (informal)
je pronunciation
  • /jɛː/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Shortening of Jesús.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. oh my!
etymology 2 From English yeah.
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (slang) yeah indicating enthusiastic appreciation, etc.
etymology 3
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Name of the letter J, j.
Synonyms: (name of J, j) joð
jeppi pronunciation
  • [ˈjɛhpɪ] {{rhymes}}
etymology Generally believed to be from the English term jeep,[ On Icelandic][ A deliberation on the word "jeppi"] on the ''Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum'' ("[[w:Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies|Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies]]") which was used to refer to sturdy vehicles of the American Army during WWII. First recorded usage referring to a car is from the play Leynimelur 13 from 1943.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a jeep, an SUV
  2. (slang) a showoff, someone obstreperous
  3. (slang) a rookie on a fishing trawler''Orðabók um slangur'' (Mörður Árnason, Svavar Sigmundsson og Örnólfur Thorsson 1982)
jess etymology From English yes. pronunciation
  • /jɛsː/
  • {{rhymes}}
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (informal) yes exclamation of satisfaction, joy, etc.
jóna pronunciation
  • /ˈjouːna/ {{rhymes}} {{homophones}}
etymology 1 From jón.
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. to ionize
etymology 2
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (slang) joint (marijuana cigarette)
Synonyms: (joint) marijúanavindlingur
etymology 3 See jón.
noun: {{is-noun form}} {{g}}
  1. is-inflection of jón
kála pronunciation
  • /ˈkʰauːla/ {{rhymes}}
verb: {{is-verb-weak}}
  1. (informal) to kill
kerling etymology From Old Norse kerling. pronunciation
  • /ˈcʰɛrtliŋk/ (more formal, used especially in senses 1 and 2)
  • /ˈcʰɛtliŋk/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (old) woman
  2. (chiefly, historical) a lower-class woman, as opposed to frú, dama, maddama
  3. (derogatory) wuss, wimp (referring to a man or boy)
  4. (informal, sometimes, pejorative) wife
  5. a general term of endearment for a female; girl, old girl
kisa pronunciation
  • /ˈcʰɪːsa/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) pussy, kitty
  2. (informal) one who cannot easily consume hot food or drink
kjaftur Alternative forms: (obsolete) kjöftur, (alternative spelling) (obsolete) kjaptur pronunciation
  • /ˈcʰaftʏr/ {{rhymes}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (of an animal) the chop, or jaw of an animals
  2. (offensive) the mouth
  3. (in compounds) an opening of a gun, a muzzle
  4. (in compounds) about loquacious people (people who talk too much)
Synonyms: (chops or jaws of an animal) kjálki {{g}}, skoltur {{g}}, gin {{g}}, (mouth) munnur {{g}}, (the muzzle) byssukjaftur {{g}}
kjúklingur {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. a chicken{{jump}}
Synonyms: {{jump}} (colloquial) kjúlli
klaki {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. ice
  2. an ice cube Áttu nokkuð klaka í gosið? You wouldn't happen to have any ice cubes for my soda?
  3. (countries, with a definite article, informal) Iceland; literally meaning "the ice" Hvenær kemurðu á klakann? When are you coming to Iceland?
Synonyms: (ice) ís {{g}}, (ice cube) ísmoli {{g}}, (Iceland) Ísland, Snæland {{g}} (archaic), Frón {{g}} (poetic)
kló pronunciation
  • /kʰlouː/ {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Old Norse kló, from Proto-Germanic *klawō.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. claw, talon Kettir hafa beittar klær. – Cats have sharp claws.
  2. (electronics) plug Stingdu klónni í þriðju innstunguna. – Insert the plug into the third socket.
etymology 2 Shortening of klósett.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (informal) loo, toilet Bíddu augnablik meðan ég skrepp á klóið. – Wait a moment while I go to the toilet.
noun: {{is-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) a hug, an affectionate embrace Komdu hingað og gefðu ömmu þinni knús. Come here and give your grandma a hug.
Synonyms: (hug) faðmlag
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