riechen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German riohhan, from Proto-Germanic *reukaną. Compare English reek, Dutch rieken, Danish ryge, Swedish ryka. See also Rauch.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʀiːçn̩/, /ˈʀiːçən/
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Verb[edit]

riechen (class 2 strong, third-person singular simple present riecht, past tense roch, past participle gerochen, past subjunctive röche, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to smell (something); to sniff (something)
  2. (intransitive) to use the sense of smell; to detect a smell
    an etwas riechen — “to smell something”
  3. (intransitive) to reek; to smell bad
  4. (intransitive) to have a scent; to smell (some way)
    nach etwas riechen — “to smell like something”, “to smell of something”
  5. (transitive, slang) to tolerate (someone); to stand (someone)
    Ich kann ihn nicht riechen. — “I cannot stand him.”

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