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Norwegian

Etymology 1

Probably a shortening of the Low German firburs, meaning a full-fledged craftsman who is unemployed.

Noun

fyr m. (definite singular fyren; indefinite plural fyrer; definite plural fyrene)

  1. guy, bloke
    Han er en merkelig fyr = he is a weird guy
    Sjekk den fyren der = check out that guy (over there)

Etymology 2

From Old Norse fýrr, cognate with its Nordic equivalents, Old Frisian fiur, Old Saxon fiur, Dutch vuur, Old High German fiur, German Feuer and English fire. Believed to ultimately stem from Proto-Indo-European root paewr-, which also is the origin of Greek πῦρ.

Noun

fyr m. (definite singular fyren; indefinite plural fyrer; definite plural fyrene)

  1. the presence of fire.
    Å sette fyr på noe = to put something on fire
    Skogen tok fyr = the forest caught fire
    Fyr! = fire! (when using firearms)
    Har du fyr? = got a light? (for cigarettes or similar)
  2. furnace room, boiler room, stokehold
    Jeg har jobbet i fyren hele dagen = I've been working in the boiler the whole day

Noun

fyr n. (definite singular fyret; indefinite plural fyr; definite plural fyra/fyrene)

  1. lighthouse, beacon
    Fyret har stått der siden 1800-tallet = the lighhouse has been there since the 1800's

Derived terms

  • være i fyr og flamme = be all enthusiasm (literally: "be in fire and flame")
  • ta fyr = catch fire

Synonyms


Old English

Etymology 1

From Germanic *fūr-, from Indo-European *peh₂u̯r̥, *pūr. Cognate with Old Frisian fiur, Old Saxon fiur (Dutch vuur), Old High German fiur (German Feuer), Old Norse fúrr, fýrr. The IE root is also the source of Greek πῦρ.

Pronunciation

Noun

fȳr n. (plural fȳra or fȳre)

  1. fire
    Ðæs fyres gecynd is hat and drie. Fire’s nature is hot and dry. (Screadunga)

Etymology 2

Comparative of feor.

Pronunciation

Adverb

fyr

  1. further

Swedish

Noun

fyr

  1. lighthouse
  2. (archaic) guy

Inflection

Inflection for fyr Singular Plural
Common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative fyr fyren fyrer fyrerna
Genitive fyrs fyrens fyrers fyrernas

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