Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- Creating, from a verb, a noun which is created by the action of this verb (not necessarily one with which the verb is supposed to be done).
- Backels (“pastry”): that which is baked (in a wider sense anything baked like bread and cakes) — from backen (“to bake”)
- Radels (“riddle”): that which is guessed — from raden (“to guess”); compare German Rätsel, Dutch raadsel, Old English rǣdelse
- Riemels (“rhyme”): that which is rhymed — from riemen (“to rhyme”)
- The suffix is not used for creating nouns with which verbs are supposed to be done, e.g. *Finnels, the finding. The common words for finding are Fund or dat Finnen. Though sometimes it does, as for Drinkels (a drink). Other words for a drink are Drink (cognate to English drink) or Drank (cognate to Dutch drank).
- Some dictionaries whose authors lack knowledge of Middle Low German or general Low German dialects and developments might mistake this as a plural -s and thus either create a pseudo-singular or mistake this for a plurale tantum.
- Some words are found with either the suffix -els or with a variant, like -elsch or -sel. For example, the word Schüddels is more commonly found as Schüddelsch, and the word Fegels has nearly disappeared and gave place to its variant Feegsel.
- (masculine suffix for inanimate objects) suffix creating nouns from verbs
Declension of -els (strong a-stem)
- English -le