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See also: buer and bür

German Low German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Middle Low German bûr. Westphalian has a phonemic diphthong /uə̯/ (from Old Saxon -u- in open syllables) with which /uː/ merges before /r/. Otherwise the spelling Buer is sometimes used in non-rhotic dialects which make no difference between syllable-final /r/ and /ər/.


Buer m (plural Buern)

  1. (in some dialects, including Westphalian, Low Prussian) Alternative form of Buur (farmer, peasant; jack in cardgames)

Derived terms[edit]

  • see also the terms derived from Buur



  • IPA(key): /buːr/, [buə], [ˈbuː.ɐ]
  • Rhymes: -uɐ

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German burne, northern metathesis of brunne, from Old High German brunno. Cognate with German Born and Brunnen, Dutch bron.


Buer m (plural Bueren)

  1. well (water source)
    Synonym: Pëtz
    • ca. 1800, Traditional (lyrics and music), “Zu Arel op der Knippchen”, adapted to modern orthography:
      Ech hunn deréinscht ganz waarm vum kale Buer gedronk.
      Hätt ech eng Schäppchen Alen, wär ech erëm um Spronk!
      Gläich ass de Mann bekëmmert: Hei, Mod! Schwenk du e Glas!
      An huel déi zënne Kännchen an zap vum beschte Faass!
      I drank from the cold well just now when I felt so warm.
      If I had a pint of the old wine, I’d be fine again!
      At once the husband takes charge: Hey, maid! You rinse a glass!
      And take the tin jug and tap from the best barrel!
Alternative forms[edit]
  • Bur (superseded)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old High German bora. Cognate with Dutch boor, English bore.


Buer m (plural Buerer)

  1. drill
  2. drill bit
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