Gau

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See also: gau, GAU, and gấu

German[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German göu, gou, from Old High German gawi, gouwi, from Proto-Germanic *gawi (compare Low German Gohe, Dutch gouw, West Frisian gea, goa), from earlier *gaawja ‘riverlands, lakeside land’, from collective *ga- + *awjō ‘land by a waterway’ (compare German Aue).

Proper noun[edit]

Gau m (genitive Gaus or Gaues, plural Gaue)

  1. (now chiefly in placenames) shire; district
  2. (historical) an administrative unit of the Third Reich
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From the acronym GAU (worst-case scenario).

Proper noun[edit]

Gau m (genitive Gaus or Gaues, plural Gaue)

  1. (informal) an accident, a calamity

External links[edit]

  • Gau in Duden online