nein

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a contraction of Old High German ni ein. Compare Old English nān, from ne ān (Modern English none, further contracted to no).

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

nein

  1. no
    Hast du morgen Abend Zeit? — Nein, leider nicht.
    “Do you have time tomorrow night?” — “No, unfortunately.”

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nein, being the standard word, is acceptable in all contexts. Colloquial German has a strong tendency to prefer the alternative forms given above, however.

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External links[edit]

  • nein in Duden online