Meaning of Finnish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɪnɪʃ/

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  • Relating to the Finns or their language.

    ‘He obtained a PhD in both philology and theology and possessed great knowledge of both the Sami and Finnish languages.’
    • ‘There's nothing whatsoever guessable about the Finnish language.’
    • ‘The Spaniard gained almost four seconds on the Finnish competitor, who was chasing him for fourth spot on the leaderboard.’
    • ‘My body isn't accustomed to Finnish mosquitoes yet so my entire leg flamed up and it looked nasty and itched like hell.’
    • ‘The British warship then sailed for an exercise with the Finnish navy before making her way to the Latvian capital, Riga.’
    • ‘The Finnish company expects to make announcements in other European territories in the coming months.’
    • ‘Moreover, in the Finnish countryside, alternatives to grain growing were scarce.’
    • ‘Unlike in many other countries, Finnish traffic fines vary according to the offender's average income.’
    • ‘It would have been enough to send many Finnish boys running to the relative safety of cross-country skiing or even ice-hockey.’
    • ‘The Finnish government voted yesterday to make it illegal to copy media, even for personal use, if you have to subvert copy protection to do so.’
    • ‘A Finnish man died in Beijing from the virus yesterday, taking the number of deaths in China's capital to four.’
    • ‘A Finnish woman said she needed a balcony to get her baby to sleep.’
    • ‘To his credit, though, the Finnish driver displayed great sportsmanship in defeat.’
    • ‘The Finnish cartoonist arrived with his wife and one-year-old child yesterday.’
    • ‘When he left, the boys told me that his mother was a Finnish princess and had to look at the country because her father, the King of Finland, was sick.’
    • ‘The two sides reached the basic agreement in the fifth round of talks that have been held in the Finnish capital since January.’
    • ‘Officers went to the area where the Finnish tourist was attacked to find the same three men attacking an Austrian couple.’
    • ‘In addition to the list, Finnish journalists highlight a few other interesting and anomalous tax returns.’
    • ‘The strike was supported by Swedish paper workers, who refused to take work diverted from Finnish paper mills.’
    • ‘We go to an exhibit of the history of Finnish shoe design and manufacture, which is less than inspiring.’


mass noun
  • The language of the Finns, spoken by about 4.6 million people in Finland, and also in parts of Russia and Sweden. It is a Finno-Ugric language related to Estonian, and more distantly to Hungarian, and is noted for its morphological complexity.

    ‘There's an urban myth that you get better service at Helsinki upmarket shops if you speak Swedish instead of Finnish.’
    • ‘Until he was about eight years old he spoke no Finnish.’
    • ‘When one of the children spoke Finnish, they were all lined up and had their ears boxed one by one.’
    • ‘Nor has its CEO, Jorma Olilla, stumbled upon a marketing book yet to be translated from Finnish.’
    • ‘The only thing that really annoys him is when Laura begins to speak to the children in Finnish.’
    • ‘He travelled widely and mastered several European languages, including Finnish.’
    • ‘Maybe some of the adoption of Finnish was a way of distancing themselves from the Lapps as well.’
    • ‘Unless you read Russian or Finnish, the papers will be impenetrable, but there are a few memorable human details.’
    • ‘On Friday I flew to Helsinki for a book fair, as Finnish is one of the 21 languages into which my books are translated.’
    • ‘As the evening progressed, the accordion player moved on from more traditional tales of woe to sing the theme tune from Love Story in Finnish.’
    • ‘We removed one of the cynicism items from this study because of its ambiguous formulation in Finnish.’
    • ‘The article should be in Finnish… so not only do I have to figure out something to write, I should also translate it.’
    • ‘But we never learnt Finnish so that is what my parents talked when they didn't want us to know what they were saying.’
    • ‘Not sure why, but the radio chatter you hear is in Finnish.’
    • ‘I imagine the queues to buy the book when it was published in Finnish stretched for several blocks outside Helsinki bookstores.’
    • ‘He said something worriedly in rapid Finnish, and Ed responded with a chuckle.’
    • ‘Most strangely, quite a number of them have been from sites in Finnish.’
    • ‘The television was very good also even though most of it was in Finnish.’
    • ‘She even taught me simple conversational Finnish, which I used with glee.’
    • ‘Anyhow, can he email us and give us an indication of what Robbo might mean in Finnish?’