There's this simple, efficient adjective in Dutch called jarig. It means something along the line of having your birthday. It's useful in many different sentences, such as:

I feel so jarig vandaag.

I like this word a lot and it looks as if it's missing in English.

Is there any equivalent?

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    You could say 'in birthday mood'. or 'in holiday mood', or 'it feels like my birthday'.
    – WS2
    Mar 6 '14 at 12:50
  • In what sense would one mean your example sentence? Like happy as if it is their birthday?
    – nxx
    Mar 6 '14 at 12:55
  • I'm guessing that WS2 has guessed the meaning of the question correctly. Mar 6 '14 at 13:57
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    ..........older Mar 6 '14 at 14:12
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    @KristinaLopez Except when one says That's funny, I don't feel any older.
    – bib
    Mar 6 '14 at 16:38

Since you are talking about an adverb, the right way I think would be to just add "-ish".


Birthday --> birthdayish

I'm feeling birthdayish sounds reasonable to me.

The adjective sounds and reads a bit weird.


Birthday --> birthdayy

  • It sounded reasonable to me in my answer too. (Oh! I just saw that yours posted first!) :-) Mar 6 '14 at 15:34

Not and adjective, but it is common in the US to refer to celebrant children as the birthday-boy or the bithday-girl. These terms are occassionally also applied, somewhat jokingly, to adults.

  • @mplungjan Agreed. Occassionally the celebrant will wear a tee shirt proclaiming BIRTHDAY BOY attesting to his -ishness (just like the superhero wears a logo to proclaim his superness or batness).
    – bib
    Mar 6 '14 at 14:10

I often hear the word special used. Might be as close as we have. I don't think there would be a direct translation to your word.

If you said, "Today is your special day." It would infer that it was your birthday (unless you are getting married).

Like I said it isn't perfect but used a lot.

  • +1. I hear this alot. It might help if you provide one or more examples. Mar 6 '14 at 15:15
  • The only problem with "special" is that it doesn't refer to how one feels on their birthday, specifically. Mar 6 '14 at 15:33

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