Alter

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See also: alter and älter

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old High German altar.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Alter n (genitive Alters, no plural)

  1. age, old age
  2. antiquity
  3. epoch, age

Noun[edit]

Alter m (genitive Alten, plural Alte)

  1. old man
  2. (slang, used in the vocative) dude

Usage notes[edit]

  • While the slang term started out as a way to refer to males, its usage is not uncommon among females. The term is in the process of shifting towards being used more as an exclamation, similar to dude in American English.
  • The noun declines like alt. See also: Alte.

Derived terms[edit]


Luxembourgish[edit]

Noun[edit]

Alter m (uncountable)

  1. age
  2. old age