deugniet

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From deugen (to be good) +‎ niet (not); parallel to cognate German Taugenichts.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: deug‧niet

Noun[edit]

deugniet m (plural deugnieten, diminutive deugnietje n)

  1. (originally) good-for-nothing
  2. (usually) rascal, scamp, a naughty boy
  3. (term of endearment) knave, amusing boy

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]