beißen

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • beissen (Switzerland, Liechtenstein)

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German bīzan, from Proto-Germanic *bītaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (to split). Cognate with Low German bieten, Dutch bijten, English bite, Danish bide, Swedish bita.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaɪ̯sn̩/, /ˈbaɪ̯sən/

Verb[edit]

beißen (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present beißt, past tense biss, past participle gebissen, past subjunctive bisse, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to bite
  2. (transitive or intransitive) to sting; to burn; to be sharp; to be spicy
  3. (reflexive, colloquial, of colors) to clash

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