wenig

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old High German wēnag. Cognate with Dutch weinig.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈveːnɪç/
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Adjective[edit]

wenig (comparative weniger or minder, superlative am wenigsten or mindesten)

  1. little, few (a small amount, a small number)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The irregular comparation forms minder, am mindesten are now restricted to formal usage. They are still commonly found in formal writing as adverbs modifying adjectives, chiefly in negation. For example: nicht minder gefährlich – "no less dangerous", alongside: nicht weniger gefährlich. In all other contexts, only the regular forms are commonly used.

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