maar

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See also: mår and maer

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dialectal German Maar.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

maar (plural maars or maare)

  1. a broad volcanic crater, usually filled with a lake

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch maar.

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Adverb[edit]

maar

  1. only; solely; just
    As ek maar [net] die dag kon af kry.
    If I could just get the day off.
  2. slightly; a bit; a little
    Werk is maar [bietjie] vervelig.
    Work is a bit boring.
  3. please
    Ek gaan bietjie laat wees, so hou maar [asseblief] my kos warm.
    I'll be a bit late, so please keep my food warm.
  4. feel free; please
    Sit maar [gerus].
    Feel free to sit. / Please sit.
  5. quite; really
    Sy lyk maar [taamlik] siek.
    She looks quite sick.
  6. so long or just (often apologetically)
    Julle het julle tyd gevat, toe begin ons maar [solank] sonder julle.
    You guys were taking your time, so we started without you so long.
  7. still; continuously
    Dit gaan maar [steeds] sleg.
    It is [still] going badly.

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Usage notes[edit]

Maar has many synonyms which is often used alongside it with no change in meaning, however to the native ear the use of maar without these synonyms can in some contexts sound odd. In some cases using maar with one of its synonyms helps to clear up ambiguity.

Conjunction[edit]

maar

  1. but; however

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Noun[edit]

maar (plural maars or mare)

  1. (uncommon) but
    Dis 'n groot maar, behalwe as ons voldoende voorberei.
    It's a big but, except if we prepare adequately.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch maer, māre, mar, mer, apheretic variant of Middle Dutch nemaer, nemāre, from earlier newaer, newāre (except, however, only), from ne (not) + wāre (optative past tense of Middle Dutch wesen (Modern wezen) "to be"). Cognate with German nur (only, just) (from Old High German niwāri), West Frisian mar (but) (from Old Frisian , mar, mer, newēre), Old Saxon ni wāri that (was it not that, unless), Old English nǣre (were it not). More at not, were.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

maar

  1. only, just
    Het was maar een vraag!
    It was only a question!
  2. as long as; only
  3. just; a modal particle indicating a certain degree of indifference towards the result.
    Leg het lepeltje maar op het schoteltje van het koffiekopje.
    Just (go ahead and) place the spoon on the saucer of the coffee cup.

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Conjunction[edit]

maar

  1. but
  2. yet; only
  3. but then

Anagrams[edit]

Verb[edit]

maar

  1. first-person singular present indicative of maren
  2. imperative of maren

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Maria (Mary, mother of Jesus Christ)

Interjection[edit]

maar

  1. (dialectal, Turku region) Used as fortifier after e.g. words kyllä (yes), totta (true).