Weib

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From Old High German wīb, related to Old Saxon wīf (whence Low German Wief), Dutch wijf, Old English wīf (whence English wife), Old Norse víf (whence Common Scandinavian viv). Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wībą.

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Weib n (genitive Weibs or Weibes, plural Weiber)

  1. (pejorative) woman
  2. (archaic) woman, wife
    • So sprach er[...]: „Weib, meine letzte Stunde ist da; alle Schätze, so ich allein besaß, sind dein und deiner Tochter.“ - Emanuel Schikaneder, Die Zauberflöte (libretto), act II, scene 8.
      So he said: "Wife, my last hour is here; all the treasures that I possessed of myself are yours and your daughter's."

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