gern

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See grin.

Verb[edit]

gern (third-person singular simple present gerns, present participle gerning, simple past and past participle gerned)

  1. (obsolete) To grin.
  2. (obsolete) To yawn.
    • Spenser
      [He] gaped like a gulf when he did gern.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • gerne (both forms are roughly equally frequent)

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German gerno, from Proto-Germanic *gernô (willingly, gladly), an adverbial form of *gernaz (eager, willing). Akin to English yearn, Swedish gärna.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡɛʁn/, [ɡɛʁn], [ɡɛɐ̯n]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛʁn

Adverb[edit]

gern

  1. willingly; gladly
    Hans fährt gern Fahrrad.
    Hans enjoys biking.

Usage notes[edit]

Gern is often used with the verbs haben or mögen and translated into English using a construction with like or enjoy.

Ich habe Musik gern. - "I like/enjoy music."

External links[edit]

  • gern in Duden online

External links[edit]

  • gern in Duden online

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gernaz, whence Old English ġeorn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gern

  1. willing, eager

Derived terms[edit]


Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gernaz, whence Old English ġeorn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gern (comparative gernoro, superlative gernost)

  1. eager

Declension[edit]


Adverb[edit]

gern

  1. willingly