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Low German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /əlsə/, [əlts], [əlz]


-els n

  1. Alternative form of -else

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some dictionaries whose authors lack knowledge of Middle Low German or southern Low German dialects (i.e. do not know about the original form -else) might mistake this ending as having a plural -s and thus either create a pseudo-singular or mistake it for a plurale tantum.
  • Some words might show a variant form which is not in general use, like -elsch or -sel. For example, the word Schüddels is more commonly found as Schüddelsch, and the word Fegels has nearly disappeared and gave place to its variant Feegsel.
Derived terms[edit]

Old English[edit]


A metathetic form of Proto-Germanic *-isliją.


-els m

  1. (masculine suffix for inanimate objects) suffix creating nouns from verbs
    rǣdels (counsel, advise, riddle, enigma)
    rēcels (incense, frankincense)
    wǣfels (covering, cloak, garment)
    byrgels (burial, sepulchre, tomb)