dass

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare dare, darest, dast.

Verb[edit]

dass (third-person singular simple present dasses, present participle dassing, simple past and past participle dassed)

  1. (archaic) To dare.
    • 1890, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Timothy's Quest, page 58:
      We all looked at one 'nother, 'n' I thought for a second somebody 'd laugh, but nobody dassed, 'n' there warn'ta sound in the room 's Aunt Beccy sot down agin' without movin' a muscle in her face.
    • 1904, Henry A. Shute, Sequil Or Things Whitch Aint Finished in the First, page 8:
      Gim scrached a line in the dirt and told Will not to dass to step over it and then Will put a chip on his sholeder and told Gim not to dass to nock it off
    • 1907, Lawrence Mott, To the credit of the sea, page 72:
      "Ay, an' lost me th' ship, 'cause I'd never dassed take her wi' only twenty barrel o' bait, 'f I'd knowed th' new law. I hain't got much money, Mr. Burberry, an' there's the missils an' kiddies to house an' dress an' feed.
    • 1907, Mabel Osgood Wright, Gray lady and the birds: stories of the bird year for home and school, page 41:
      You weren't smart to refuse; you could have had a peep inside the General's house, maybe, and I don't believe she'd dassed said a word about birds on hats, with one of the company wearing 'em!
    • 1933, Sammy Lerner, theme from Popeye the Sailor:
      "If anyone dasses to risk my fist, it's Boff! and it's Wham! Understand?"

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • daß (old spelling)
  • dat (nonstandard, colloquial, dialectal)

Etymology[edit]

Old High German daz, originally dat

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

dass

  1. (subordinating) that
    Ich habe gehört, dass du krank seist (or: bist).
    I was told that you are sick.
  2. (regional, chiefly colloquial) so that (instead of standard damit)
    Beeil dich, dass wir bald losfahren können.
    Hurry up so that we can take off soon.

Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

dass

  1. Alternative form of datt.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German das Haus or Häuschen ("The (little) house", euphemistically omitting the main word (out)house).

Noun[edit]

dass

  1. (colloquial) toilet, crapper
  2. (pejorative) a jerk
    Din dass!
    You jerk!

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of German “das Haus” (the house)

Noun[edit]

dass n

  1. (colloquial) a toilet, an outhouse; in particular used about toilets outdoors

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