sambo - one of a couple who lives together but isn’t married
slutspurt - closing sale
smutt - sip, sup
puss - kiss
sex - six (but also means sex)
suck - sigh
lust - feel like doing something
glass - ice cream
mums! - yum!
moms - sales tax
kram - hug
snack - chit-chat
hell - hail
plump - blur, vulgar
mitten - middle, center
hat - hatred
hiss - elevator
klunk - draft, draught
bro - bridge
farthinder - speedbump
kaka - cake (it means poop in lots of other languages).
slut doesn’t just mean “the end”, “slut på” (på meaning on/at) means “to run out of something”, ex. vi är slut på… we are out of….
Frigg - Odin’s wife (also a regular name)
mat - food
chef - boss
lax - salmon
gull - gold
munk - doughnut (typically either without hole or without frosting, with frosting it’s called “doughnut” because “frosting means exotic American food”)
redo - ready
frisk - healthy
pigg - lively
tack - thanks
dam - dame
gift - married, poison
bog - meat from a shoulder of a cow
svamp (with a Swedish accent, pronounced the same as swamp) - mushroom
slump - chance, accident, coincidence
stick! - go away! get lost!
fast - set, inflexible
god - tasty
mjau (meow) - common silence-filler or even greeting
nepp - nope
mönster - pattern
tja - hey, or “well…”
bad - bath
grape - grapefruit (or you can say grapefrukt)
barn - child or children
men - but
mens - a woman’s period (menses)
fagott - bassoon
kock - chef
gull - gold
island - Iceland
mapp - folder
Various words are doubled for no reason, such as “hej hej (hey)”, “morn morn (morning)”, “puss puss (kiss, but used as a “bye bye”), “tjänna tjänna” (greeting), “natti natt” (nighty-night), “gulli gullig” (cutie-cute)
dusch (pronounced douche) - shower
damm (pronounced damn) - dust
mätt (pronounced met) - full (not hungry anymore)
bord (pronounced bored) - table
stol (pronounced stool) - chair
ful (pronounced fool) - ugly
deg (pronounced day) - dough
bred (pronounced bread) - wide, broad
nja (pronounced nya) - yes-and-no. Like “chotto” in Japanese.
nej (pronounced neigh) - no
hjälp (pronounced yelp) - help
god morgon (pronounced goo moron) - good morning
dum (pronounced doom) - dumb
tum (pronounced tomb) - inch
hav (pronounced have) - sea
fel (pronounced fell) - wrong
duk (pronounced Duke) - cloth
tjock (pronounced shock) - fat
gubbe (pronounced like goo-beh) - old man
”Hej på dig” - greeting, literally “hey on you”.
bröstvårta - “breast wart”, meaning nipple.
grönsaker - “green things”, vegetables.
dammsugare - “dust sucker”, vacuum cleaner.
fruktkött - “fruit meat”, pulp.
utländsk - “outside-country”, foreign.
småpengar - “small monies”, coins.
vitlök - “white onion” - garlic
munspel - “mouth game”, harmonica.
dumskalle - “dumb skull”, idiot. likewise “sheep skull”, “bark skull” I heard once…
”smörgås” - “butter goose”, sandwich.
grymt (cruel), slang for cool.
See a Memrise list for all those words here.
What about the rest of Swedish? Well just take a look at these words:
kommentar (comment), blogg (blog), teve (tv), mobil (mobile, cell phone), hund (hound, dog), papper (paper), toalett (toilet), box (box), klocka (clock), kultur (culture), basket (basket, basket ball), premiär (premiere), gäst (guest), berg (berg, burgh, burg), problem (problem), projekt (project), koncept (concept), dansband (dance band), musik (music), teater (theatre) kommun (commune), chans (chance), historia (history), jobb (job), klick (click), extra (extra), miljon (million), dubbel (double), kaviar (caviar), slang (slang), Amerika (America), Japan (Japan), kaffe (coffee), kategori (category), orange (orange colour), idé (idea), upp (up), stopp (stop), buss (bus), post (post, mail)….
Mjau as a filler/greeting is definitely a new one to me. Clearly I live in the wrong part of the country.