Freier

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See also: freier and fréier

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Etymology[edit]

From dated freien (to propose marriage; to marry). Semantic pejoration is also found, to a lesser extent, in Dutch vrijen (now generally “to have sex”).

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Freier m (genitive Freiers, plural Freier)

  1. (archaic) suitor (one who courts; who proposes marriage)
  2. john (client of a prostitute)

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  • Freier is now used almost exclusively in the context of prostitution. The old sense is expressed by Heiratskandidat or terms of this kind.

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