See also: matte, Matte, matté, and mätte

DanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɔtə/, [ˈmʌd̥ə]

Etymology 1Edit

Borrowed via Middle Low German matte from Medieval Latin matta, of Semitic origin. Also borrowed to English mat and German Matte.

NounEdit

måtte c (singular definite måtten, plural indefinite måtter)

  1. mat
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Norse mega (must, may), from Proto-Germanic *maganą, cognate with English may, German mögen. The original infinitive was lost and replaced by the past tense (in analogy with the verbs kunne (could), skulle (should), and ville (would), in which the infinitive and the past tense have become homophonous).

VerbEdit

måtte (present , past måtte, past participle måttet)

  1. must, have to, got to (duty or certainty)
  2. can, may (allowance)
  3. may (wish)
  4. may (possibility)
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Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse mátta

VerbEdit

måtte (present tense , simple past måtte, past participle måttet)

  1. must
  2. may (subjunctive present defective)

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

måtte (present tense , past tense måtte, past participle mått or måtta)

  1. Alternative form of måtta

SwedishEdit

VerbEdit

måtte

  1. past tense of .