From Proto-Finnic *laiha, from earlier *laiša, borrowed from Baltic, compare Lithuanian liesas. Cognate with Estonian lahja, Karelian laiha.


  • IPA(key): /ˈlɑi̯hɑ/, [ˈlɑi̯ɦɑ]
  • Rhymes: -ɑihɑ
  • Syllabification: lai‧ha


laiha (comparative laihempi, superlative laihin)

  1. (of a human or animal) thin, lean
  2. (of a drink, food, or similar) thin, weak, dilute
    Laiha kahvi
    Weak coffee
    Ruuaksi oli vain laihaa velliä.
    There was nothing to eat but thin gruel.
  3. meagre; slim


Inflection of laiha (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative laiha laihat
genitive laihan laihojen
partitive laihaa laihoja
illative laihaan laihoihin
singular plural
nominative laiha laihat
accusative nom. laiha laihat
gen. laihan
genitive laihan laihojen
partitive laihaa laihoja
inessive laihassa laihoissa
elative laihasta laihoista
illative laihaan laihoihin
adessive laihalla laihoilla
ablative laihalta laihoilta
allative laihalle laihoille
essive laihana laihoina
translative laihaksi laihoiksi
instructive laihoin
abessive laihatta laihoitta
comitative laihoine
Possessive forms of laiha (type kala)
Rare. Only used with substantive adjectives.
possessor singular plural
1st person laihani laihamme
2nd person laihasi laihanne
3rd person laihansa


Derived termsEdit

  • laihoin tuloksin = with little/meager/few results
  • laihuus