spät

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See also: spat, Spat, spaț, spať, spát, şpat, and ṣpät

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Etymology[edit]

Old High German spāti. Cognate with archaic Dutch spade (late).

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  • IPA(key): /ʃpɛːt/, /ʃpeːt/
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spät (comparative später, superlative am spätesten)

  1. late

Usage notes[edit]

In German it is not possible to literally say: "I'm late" (*"Ich bin spät"). Correct versions are: "Ich komme zu spät" and "Ich bin verspätet". Colloquially also: "Ich bin zu spät." The phrase "Ich bin spät dran" implies that one is somewhat late but might still be able to keep the appointment.

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