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From Middle High German liebe (the quality of love, pleasure, joy, favour, love), from Old High German liob, lioba (fortune, health, pleasantness, joy), from Proto-Germanic *leubą, *leubō (love), from Proto-Indo-European *lubʰ- (to enjoy, to long for), zero-grade of *lewbʰ-. Cognates include Old High German luba, English love, from Proto-Germanic *lubō.


  • IPA(key): /ˈliːbə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːbə
  • Homophone: lebe (in some German dialects)
  • Hyphenation: Lie‧be


Liebe f (genitive Liebe, plural Lieben)

  1. (uncountable) love (tender feeling of affection)
    • 1787, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Egmont
      Und konnte ich fürchten, daß diese unglückliche Liebe das kluge Klärchen so bald hinreißen würde? Ich muß es nun tragen, daß meine Tochter--
      And could I imagine, that this unhappy love would so soon carry away the prudent little Klara? I must endure it now, that my daughter--
  2. (uncountable) lust (sexually or erotically motivated inclination)
  3. (uncountable) sexual intercourse (bodily union as a result of lust)
  4. (informal): short for love affair
  5. love (term of endearment)


Usage notes[edit]

In the Bavarian and Swabian dialects, this word becomes Liab; in Swiss German, Liäbi or Liebi; and in Low Saxon Lieve.



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  • Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm : "Liebe"
  • Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon Liebe

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