Alptraum

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Alb +‎ Traum, because nightmares were formerly thought to be caused by an elf sitting on one's chest while one slept.

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Noun[edit]

Alptraum m (genitive Alptraums or Alptraumes, plural Alpträume)

  1. nightmare

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Albtraum (recommended by the Duden, but less common)

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