See also: kæft



From Old Swedish kiæpter, from Old Norse kjaptr. Cognate with Danish kæft, Norwegian kjeft, Icelandic kjaftur, and Faroese kjaftur.


käft c

  1. a jaw or (open) mouth of an animal (especially one with a powerful bite)
    hajens käftar
    the jaws of the shark
    Hunden hade ett ben i käften
    The dog had a bone in its mouth
    Synonym: (jaw of a human or animal) käke
  2. (colloquial, mildly offensive) a mouth of a human
    slänga käft
    talk (literally "throw jaw")
    vara slängd i käften
    be quick to answer, have the gift of gab (literally "be thrown in the jaw")
    att låta käften gå
    to keep talking
    Synonym: mun (mouth)
  3. (in the expression "inte en käft") a person
    Jag kom till kontoret kl. 8 och det var inte en käft där
    I came to the office at 8 o'clock and not a soul was there

Usage notesEdit

(sense 2) conjures the image of animal jaws, giving it a colloquial and mildly offensive (or jocular) feeling. This plays into making håll käften very rude, as it's telling someone to keep their animalistic jaws shut.


Declension of käft 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative käft käften käftar käftarna
Genitive käfts käftens käftars käftarnas

Derived termsEdit