veertig

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Afrikaans[edit]

Afrikaans cardinal numbers
39 40 41
    Cardinal : veertig
    Ordinal : veertigste

Numeral[edit]

veertig

  1. (cardinal) forty

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfeːr.təx/, /ˈveːr.təx/
  • (file)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch viertich, viertech, veertech, from Old Dutch *viurtig, from Proto-Germanic *fedwōr tigiwiz.

Numeral[edit]

veertig

  1. forty

Usage notes[edit]

Although spelt with v-, the word is traditionally pronounced with initial /f/ even in accents that generally do not devoice v-. (This is due to analogy with zeventig ["seventy"], which used to have a prefix t- and hence a devoiced z-.) However, there are also many speakers who pronounce /v/ in line with the spelling.