hehlen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German heln, from Old High German helan, from Proto-Germanic *helaną.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /heːlən/, /heːln̩/

Verb[edit]

hehlen (third-person singular simple present hehlt, past tense hehlte, past participle gehehlt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive, + mit) to buy and sell stolen (or illegal) goods
    Der Verurteilte hatte jahrelang mit Autoradios gehehlt.
    The convict had been trading in stolen car radios for years.

Usage notes[edit]

The verb is not all too frequent. Nominal constructions, such as Hehlerei betreiben or als Hehler arbeiten, are more common.

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