zeggen

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch segghen, from Old Dutch *seggen, from Proto-Germanic *sagjaną, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ-. Compare Low German seggen, German sagen, English say, Danish sige. The irregular past tense is a common Ingvaeonic development of the northern dialects, seen also in brein and zeil.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

zeggen (past singular zei or zegde, past participle gezegd)

  1. To say, tell
    Ik heb het tegen hem gezegd — I told him

Conjugation[edit]

The irregular past tense is used in the Netherlands, while the weak past forms are used primarily in Flanders.

Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

zeggen

  1. Plural form of zegge