spörja

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Swedish spyria, from Old Norse spyrja, from Proto-Germanic *spurjaną. Cognate with Norwegian Bokmål spørre, Norwegian Nynorsk spørje, spørja, Danish spørge, Icelandic spyrja, Faroese spyrja, Westrobothnian spöri, Dutch speuren, German spüren, Luxembourgish spieren, English speer, speir, spere and Scots speir.

VerbEdit

spörja (present spörjer, preterite sporde, supine sport, imperative spörj)

  1. (dated, poetic) to ask, to learn, to get news (after having asked around)
    Skall ni verkligen bli läkare? sporde hon en dag
    Are you really becoming a doctor? she asked one day
    han hade sport att påvens munskänk var död
    he had learned that the pope's cupbearer was dead
    • 1929, Evert Taube, "Balladen om briggen "Blue Bird" av Hull"
      - Hur var namnet på skutan?
      Han sporde och slog
      nio supar i spetsiga glas.
      - Briggen Blue bird.
      Det tionde glaset han tog,
      och han slog det mot golvet i kras.
      - What was the name of the ship?
      He asked and poured
      nine drinks in pointy glasses.
      "The brig Blue Bird."
      The tenth glass he took,
      and he threw it into the floor.

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