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From Middle High German dierne (girl; servant), from Old High German diorna, thiorna (girl; servant), from Proto-Germanic *þewernǭ, *þewernō (maid, servant girl), from Proto-Indo-European *tekw- (to run, flow).


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪrnə/, [ˈdɪʁnə], [ˈdɪɐ̯nə], [ˈdɪrnə]
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Dirne f (genitive Dirne, plural Dirnen)

  1. (derogatory, dated, also biblical) whore (prostitute or sexually unreserved woman)
Synonyms: Buhldirne, Lustdirne, Hure
Hyponym: Straßendirne
  1. (archaic or dialectal) girl; lass

Usage notes[edit]

  • The sense has developed from the predominant use in the compounds Buhldirne and Lustdirne in the later nineteenth century, in the literature of which it is for the “whore” sense more likely to encounter the compounds. Now, the older sense “girl; lass” is restricted to dialectal cognate forms. Northern German Deern and Bavarian Dirndl are widely understood, though not commonly used outside of their traditional areas.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Dirne in Duden online
  • Dirne” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache