jäh

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German gǣhe, gāch, (quick), from Old High German gāhi (sudden, quick, rash), from Proto-Germanic *ganhuz, *ganhwuz (sudden). The modern onset j- is due to the influence of a Central German dialect. Other dialects have brought forward forms such as gäh, gäch or gach (obsolete in standard usage). Cognate with Dutch gauw (soon). More at gay.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /jɛː/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /jeː/ (most speakers in northern and eastern Germany)
  • Homophone: je (not according to standard pronunciation)

Adjective[edit]

jäh (comparative jäher, superlative am jähsten or jähesten)

  1. abrupt, precipitous

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External links[edit]

  • jäh in Duden online