pluim

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

germanic, from Middle French plume, from Latin pluma 'feather, down', cognate with English = modern French plume, German Plaume

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pluim m (plural pluimen, diminutive pluimpje n)

  1. A plume, feather
  2. (with indefinite article, often the diminutive: een pluim(pje)) A compliment, praise, a feather on one's cap
    Vader geeft de zonen met goede punten een pluimpje, de gebuisde billenkoek
    Father gives the sons with good grades praise, the failed ones spankings
  3. (figuratively) A plume-shaped object or part of another organ, e.g. on a butterfly's wings
  4. (rather the diminutive plural: pluimpjes) down

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Verb[edit]

pluim

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

References[edit]

  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]