freien

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German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʁaɪ̯ən/, [ˈfʁaɪ̯ən], [ˈfʁaɪ̯n̩]

Etymology 1[edit]

Originally restricted to Low and Central German; generalized by Luther. From Middle Low German vrien and Middle High German vrīen, frīen, vrijen, vrigen; cf. Old High German *frīon, Old Saxon friohon. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *frijōną. Cognate to Dutch vrijen.

Verb[edit]

freien (third-person singular simple present freit, past tense freite, past participle gefreit, auxiliary haben)

  1. (archaic or poetic) to marry
  2. (archaic or poetic) to ask for marriage; to propose
  3. (archaic or poetic) to court; to woo
Usage notes[edit]
  • Only the derivative Freier remains current, but in a more negative sense (“client of a prostitute”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

freien

  1. inflected form of frei

Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German frīen, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *frijōną. Cognate with German freien, Dutch vrijen.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

freien (past participle gefrien, auxiliary verb hunn)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) to court (romantically)

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