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Used in Old Swedish. Cognate with Old Danish and Middle Low German stif, related to Latin stipes (pole, beam). The second meaning (skilled) used since 1614. From Middle Low German stīf, from Old Saxon *stīf, from Proto-Germanic *stīfaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *steyp.


styv (comparative styvare, superlative styvast)

  1. stiff; unbending, which does not easily fold
    visa sig på styva linan
    walk on a tightrope, show your skills
  2. (dated) skilled at something, strong, impressive, mighty


Inflection of styv
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular styv styvare styvast
Neuter singular styvt styvare styvast
Plural styva styvare styvast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 styve styvare styvaste
All styva styvare styvaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.

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