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Danish Hygge Words Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Vocabulary

(Photo by Jacob Bøtter at Flickr, CC License.)

(Photo by Jacob Bøtter at Flickr, CC License.)

After last week’s hygge post, I thought it would be hyggelig if we could hygge os some more! 🙂 After all, that’s how many Danes spend the cold season, until the sun is smiling and it’s time for sommerhygge… Look how many hygge words there are:

hygge – the Danish way of cozying up and enjoying life (look back for some great explanations!)

hyggelig – the adjective, describing something ”nice” or ”pleasant” or ”cozy”: en hyggelig aften [evening], en hyggelig gammel mand [old man], et hyggeligt t(h)ekøkken (a kitchenette full of hygge). It’s also something you’d say after a nice evening spent together with someone: Det var hyggeligt! (It’s been a pleasure!)

at hygge sig – the verb, with the meaning ”enjoy oneself (in a hyggelig way)”: Hygger I jer? (Are you guys having a good time?) De hyggede sig rigtigt meget i sofaen. (They really enjoyed themselves in the sofa.) Hyg dig! (Have fun!)

at hygge – the verb can also be used without the sig part (but not everywhere – you can’t say ”Hyg!” without the dig part!)  Without the reflexive pronoun (mig, dig, sig, os, jer), it’s a bit more informal, though: Nu skal vi rigtigt hygge! (Now we’re really gonna have a good time!)

en hygger is slang for someone who hygger a lot or enjoys at hygge sig: Vi er sådan nogle ”hyggere”! (We are that kind of ”hyggers”!)

The word hygge can be combined with almost anything. Aftenhygge is the kind of hygge you have in the evening – sofahygge takes place in a sofa, and so on! 🙂 Maybe you sit in the sofa eating hyggeslik (hygge candy) while having a hyggesnak (hygge talk) or hyggesludder (hygge chat) with a friend. A waitress spontaneously came up with the word hyggethe (hygge tea) when I asked for some hygge input! 🙂

If this is too much hygge for you, there is a word for that as well! According to a dictionary, the word hyggenygge means ”intens el. overdreven hygge” (intense or exaggerated hygge).

Do you know any fun uses of the word hygge? Please share your stories with the other readers. 🙂

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. ANNIE:

    hi Bjorn!

    love the word hygge a lot since it represents the inner state of a person. So if we want to describe someone is at the state of hygge, can we call him/her a “hygger’?

    thanks in advance for the answer!

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @ANNIE Hi Annie!
      I’ve never heard ”hygger” – but I would get what you meant at once. So, I think you should go for it! 🙂
      Good luck!