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From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.


  • IPA(key): /kaːl/, [kʰæːˀl]


karl c (singular definite karlen, plural indefinite karle)

  1. farmhand
  2. groom, ostler
  3. bloke, chap, guy




From Old Norse karl, from Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.


  • IPA(key): [kʰard̥l] (), IPA(key): [kʰad̥l] ()
  • Rhymes: -artl


karl m (genitive singular karls, nominative plural karlar)

  1. man (male human)
  2. husband
  3. male of a species
  4. (video games) a character (in a video game, or in a RPG)
  5. (chess) a chess piece, a chessman



  • (man): karlmaður m, maður m
  • (husband): eiginmaður m, maður m
  • (male of a species): karldýr n
  • (a character): persóna f, tölvuleikapersóna f
  • (chess piece): taflmaður m, maður m

Derived terms

Old Norse

Alternative forms

  • kall


From Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz. Compare Old English ceorl, Old High German karal, karl.


karl m

  1. A man


  • Icelandic: karl
  • Faroese: kallur
  • Norwegian: kall, kar (Bokmål), kar (Nynorsk)
  • Old Swedish: karilʀ
    • Swedish: karl
  • Elfdalian: kall
  • Danish: karl
  • Jamtish: kall, karr (< *karaz)
  • Westrobothnian: kjall, kjar (< *karaz)
  • Old Norse: Karl (given name)
    • Icelandic: Karl, Carl
    • Faroese: Karl
    • Norwegian: Karl, Carl
    • Old Swedish: Karl
      • Swedish: Karl, Carl
    • Old Danish: Karl
      • Danish: Karl, Carl
        • Greenlandic: Karl, Kaarali, Kaarale
    • Old Norse: Karli, Karle, Kalli (diminutive)
      • Icelandic: Karli
      • Norwegian: Karly, Karle, Kalle, Calle
      • Old Swedish: Karle, Kalle
        • Swedish: Karli, Karle, Carli, Carlie, Karly, Kalle, Calle
          • Estonian: Kalle
      • Old Danish: Karli
        • Danish: Karli, Karly, Kalle, Calle
          • Greenlandic: Kaali
      • Finnish: Karli, Karle, Kaarle, Kalle, Kale, Kali, Kalla, Kallu
        • Estonian: Kalle
        • Swedish: Kaarle
      • → Sami: Gállá, Kálle
    • English: Karl, Carl
      • Cebuano: Karl, Carl
    • Finnish: Karl
    • → Sami: Kárral
  • Middle English: carl
    • Scots: carl, cairl, karl
    • English: carl


  • karl in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press



From Old Swedish karilʀ, from Old Norse karl, from Proto-Norse ᚲᚨᚱᛁᛚᚨᛉ (karilaz), from Proto-Germanic *karilaz.


  • IPA(key): /kɑːr/
  • Homophones: kar


karl c

  1. man (male human)
  2. husband
  3. (male) member of a work force, employed to perform some particularly heavy or physically demanding job

Usage notes

Has connotations of being manly, and is as such somewhat frowned upon by certain feminists; but it also may have connotations of being able to perform a certain task. Compare the formulaic expression karl för sin ... (with some attribute), which denotes someone who is up to par with his role, and is able to perform at least by some minimal standards on his own. Here the role is usually something associated with the given attribute, though karl för sin hatt is associated with a more generic male role.


See also

  • karl för sin hatt
  • karlakarl

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