Wasser

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German[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. Compare Low German Water, Dutch and English water, Danish vand.

Noun[edit]

Wasser n (genitive Wassers, plural Wasser or Wässer, diminutive Wässerchen n)

  1. water
  2. An alcoholic beverage, similar to brandy, made from fermented fruit.

Usage notes[edit]

Both plural forms are unfrequent. As a basic rule, one can say that unchanged Wasser is used as a purely emphatic plural (die Wasser des Rheins – "the waters of the Rhine"), whereas Wässer is used as an actual plural meaning different kinds of water or brandy (teure und preiswerte Wässer – "expensive and inexpensive [table] waters"). However, Wässer is used an emphatic plural in some compound words such as Abwässer ("waste water"), Schmutzwässer ("dirty water").

Declension[edit]

Plural Wasser

Plural Wässer

Derived terms[edit]


Pennsylvania German[edit]

Noun[edit]

Wasser

  1. water