Spieß

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • Spiess (Switzerland, Liechtenstein)

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German spiz, from Proto-Germanic *spituz. Compare Dutch and English spit, Swedish spett.

Noun[edit]

Spieß m (genitive Spießes, plural Spieße)

  1. spit (pointed rod)
    Heute Abend grillen wir Krabben am Spieß.
    Tonight we’ll grill crabs on the spit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old High German spioz. The term Spieß goes back to the 16th century lansquenet mercenaries, when a noncommissioned officer armed with a pike (the Spieß) closely followed the troops to bring any soldiers who danced out of line back to reason with a swift blow. The name Spieß has stuck to this day, although his modern tasks are more of an administrative and social-services nature.

Noun[edit]

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Spieß m (genitive Spießes, plural Spieße)

  1. pike (weapon)
    • Luther Bible, Jesaja 2:4
      Da werden sie ihre Schwerter zu Pflugscharen und ihre Spieße zu Sicheln machen.
      and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.
  2. A rank in the German military, equivalent to company sergeant major in the British Army and first sergeant in the U.S. Army.
    Der Spieß ist Unteroffizier in einer Kompanie auf einem herausgehobenen Dienstposten.
    The Spieß is non-commissioned officer in a company in an important post.
    • 1972, Heinrich Böll, Wo warst du, Adam?, p. 31
       »Der Befehl ist erst heute morgen gekommen, vor einer Stunde«, sagte der Spieß.
      “The order arrived only this morning, an hour ago”, said the Spieß.
  3. skewer, a tactic in the game of chess
    Durch einen Spieß setzte er den gegnerischen König ins Schach.
    With a skewer he put the opponent’s king in check.
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(weapon): Langspieß, Wurfspieß

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References[edit]

  • Spieß” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Spieß” in canoo.net
  • Spieß” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon