bieder

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Middle High German biderbe, Old High German biderbi, piderpi, pidarpi, cognate with Bedarf. The derogatory sense arises in the early 19th century. The compound Biedermann in origin means "brave, honest or capable man", but today has a meaning of "boring person, petty bourgeios".

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bieder (comparative biederer, superlative am biedersten)

  1. (archaic) upright, worthy.
  2. (archaic) frank.
  3. conventional, stale.
  4. awkward, oafish

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