Knabe

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German knabo. Cognate with English knave, Old Norse knapi (valet), Danish knabe (page).

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Knabe m (genitive Knaben, plural Knaben, diminutive Knäblein n)

  1. (dated) boy

Usage notes[edit]

Knabe used to be the standard word for "boy" until the early 20th century. However, since the word had no basis in any regional dialects, it has since been replaced with more native Junge (throughout the language area) or Bube (alternatively in southern Germany and Austria).

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