From Middle High German ziuc (“stuff, gear”), from Old High German giziug, from Proto-Germanic *tiugiją (“stuff, gear, device”). Compare Dutch tuig (“tool, gear”), Old Norse tygi (“gear”). More at toy.
- IPA(key): /tsɔʏ̯k/ (standard)
- IPA(key): /tsɔʏ̯ç/ (in northern and central Germany; chiefly colloquial)
The plural Zeuge is quite rare (except in compounds such as Fahrzeug). In common usage, the word Zeug is treated as uncountable.