From Middle High German bër m, Old High German bero m, from Proto-Germanic *berô, conventionally taken to be a taboo-avoidance term derived from the word for "brown". Compare Dutch beer, English bear, West Frisian bear, Danish bjørn.
Bär is a weak noun in the standard language, but is part of a group of nouns which have a stark tendency to be strong colloquially, so one will often hear dem Bär instead of dem Bären.
- large block or hammer for machining things or pile-driving
From Middle High German bēr m, from Old High German bēr m, from Proto-Germanic *bairaz, whence also English boar. Despite the similarity in form and meaning, not related to Eber (“boar”) (which see).