loef

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Old Dutch *loef as Old French borrowed lof from Frankish, Dutch's parent language. German Luv and Danish luv are both derived from Dutch. English luff was either a borrowing from French, or a direct borrowing from Dutch.

Noun[edit]

loef m (plural loeven, diminutive loefje n)

  1. luff, windward side of a sail or ship. (no plural)
  2. (obsolete) Originally, an obscure nautical device turned to change a sailing ship’s course.
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Noun[edit]

loef m, f (plural loeven, diminutive loefje n)

  1. (This sense might have a different etymology) A sawn-out cavity in one of two crossing pieces of wood in which the other locks
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Etymology 2[edit]

Germanic, uncertain

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Noun[edit]

loef m, f (plural loeven, diminutive loefje n)

  1. A plump, ugly person
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