schier

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *skīr, from Proto-Germanic *skīriz.

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schier

  1. (archaic) almost

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German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German schir (adv. schire) "immediate, quick", Old High German skeri "sharp, acute, quick, rapid", likely cognate with Old Slavonic скоръ (skorŭ) "rapid" (Russian скорый (skoryj)), Lithuanian skėrỹs "grasshopper", Greek σκαίρειν (skaírein) "to jump".

Grimm assumes partial conflation with scheir "pure, bright" (English sheer).

Adjective[edit]

schier (comparative schierer, superlative am schiersten)

  1. next, adjacent, immediate, soon, sudden

Adverb[edit]

schier

  1. soon, nearly, almost
    1545: Hüter, ist die Nacht schier hin? (Luther, Isaiah 21:11)
    1545: Ich habe schier meine Augen ausgeweinet (Luther, Lamentations 2:11)

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Low German, adopted in High German in the 18th century, the High German equivalent scheir gradually falling out of use; cognate with scheuern "to scour", like sheer from Proto-Germanic *skīriz (pure, sheer).

Adjective[edit]

schier (comparative schierer, superlative am schiersten)

  1. pure, clear, bright, sheer

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