List of English words of Sami origin

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English words of Sami origin are relatively rare, having usually entered the English language via some other language.

Words loaned to English[edit]

Some words specific to the arctic environment have been loaned to English, specifically: (archaic) "morse" (walrus) ← Sami morša (via Slavic), "tundra" ← Kildin Sami tūnndra "to the treeless plain" (via Russian). In Kildin Sami, the word for tundra is tūndâr, tūnndra is in the illative case (or the diminutive derivative).

See also[edit]


  • Johanna Laakso (toim.). Uralilaiset kansat. WSOY 1991.