genau

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From Middle High German genouwe, genah, geneuwe (narrow, close, exact), from ge- + nou(we), nā(we) (narrow, close, exact), from Old High German *nāw (narrow, close), from Proto-Germanic *hnawwaz, *hnēwwaz (narrow, close), from Proto-Indo-European *knewə- (to scratch, scrape). Cognate with Middle Low German nouwe, nau (narrow, brief, exact), Dutch nauw (narrow, close), Old English hnēaw (niggardly, miserly, stingy), Old Norse hnǫggr (niggardly, stingy, scant). More at niggardly.

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genau (comparative genauer, superlative am genauesten or genausten)

  1. exact

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genau

  1. just, exactly

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