See also: skon, skoen, and skøn



  • IPA(key): /ɧøːn/
  • Rhymes: -øːn
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Etymology 1Edit

From Old Swedish skön, from Middle Low German schö̂ne, from Old Saxon skōni, from Proto-West Germanic *skaunī, from Proto-Germanic *skauniz (beautiful, shining), related to *skuþōną, which yielded skåda (to watch, to behold). Compare German schön, English sheen, Danish skøn.


skön (comparative skönare, superlative skönast)

  1. beautiful, fair
    Spegel, spegel på väggen där, säg vem som skönast i landet är?
    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
    (literally, “Mirror, mirror on that wall, tell me: who in the land is the fairest?”)
    Synonym: vacker
  2. comfortable (providing comfort and ease; agreeable)
    Synonyms: angenäm, mysig
  3. (slang) easy-going, cool, funny (charming, usually in a laid-back way)
    en skön snubbe
    a cool, easy-going guy
Inflection of skön
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular skön skönare skönast
Neuter singular skönt skönare skönast
Plural sköna skönare skönast
Masculine plural3 sköne skönare skönast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 sköne skönare skönaste
All sköna skönare skönaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From Old Swedish skyn, from Old Norse skyn. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.


skön n (uncountable)

  1. liking, preference, arbitration
    efter eget skönaccording to one's own preference
    Synonym: gottfinnande
Declension of skön 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative skön skönet
Genitive sköns skönets
Derived termsEdit


  • skön in Elof Hellquist, Svensk etymologisk ordbok (1st ed., 1922)

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