Definition of Finnish in English:



  • Relating to the Finns or their language.

    • ‘The Finnish cartoonist arrived with his wife and one-year-old child yesterday.’
    • ‘A Finnish man died in Beijing from the virus yesterday, taking the number of deaths in China's capital to four.’
    • ‘There's nothing whatsoever guessable about the Finnish language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, in the Finnish countryside, alternatives to grain growing were scarce.’
    • ‘The Spaniard gained almost four seconds on the Finnish competitor, who was chasing him for fourth spot on the leaderboard.’
    • ‘We go to an exhibit of the history of Finnish shoe design and manufacture, which is less than inspiring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It would have been enough to send many Finnish boys running to the relative safety of cross-country skiing or even ice-hockey.’
    • ‘Unlike in many other countries, Finnish traffic fines vary according to the offender's average income.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to the list, Finnish journalists highlight a few other interesting and anomalous tax returns.’
    • ‘The Finnish company expects to make announcements in other European territories in the coming months.’
    • ‘To his credit, though, the Finnish driver displayed great sportsmanship in defeat.’
    • ‘A Finnish woman said she needed a balcony to get her baby to sleep.’
    • ‘He obtained a PhD in both philology and theology and possessed great knowledge of both the Sami and Finnish languages.’
    • ‘The two sides reached the basic agreement in the fifth round of talks that have been held in the Finnish capital since January.’
    • ‘The strike was supported by Swedish paper workers, who refused to take work diverted from Finnish paper mills.’
    • ‘Officers went to the area where the Finnish tourist was attacked to find the same three men attacking an Austrian couple.’


  • [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.

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