Gang

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See also: gang, gàng, gāng, Gāng, găng, gång, and gǎng

German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German ganc, from Old High German gang, from Proto-Germanic *gangaz. Cognate with English gang.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡaŋ(k)/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aŋ

Noun[edit]

Gang m (genitive Ganges or Gangs, plural Gänge)

  1. motion, movement, progress, way, going
    Gang an die Börse ― initial public offering
  2. gait, way (somebody walks), an instance of walking
    Unser Gang durch die Stadt war sehr interessant.
    Our walk through the city was very interesting.
    Er hat einen langsamen, hinkenden Gang.
    He has a slow, limping gait.
  3. course (of events)
    Ein Ereignis wie dieses kann den Gang der Geschichte verändern.
    An event like this can change the course of history.
  4. hallway, corridor
    Die Toilette finden Sie am Ende des Ganges.
    You'll find the toilet at the end of the corridor.
  5. gear (machinery), level (of intensity), notch
    Bitte schalten Sie einen Gang zurück, ich versuche zu schlafen.
    Please take it down a notch, I'm trying to sleep.
  6. (with in) in gear, progressing, working, going
    Wenn man den Prozess einmal in Gang setzt, kann man ihn nicht mehr aufhalten, bis er fertig ist.
    Once you get the process started, there is no way you can stop it until it finishes.
    Die Konstruktion ist im Gange.
    Construction is in progress.
  7. (of a meal) course
    Der erste Gang ist Salat.
    The first course is salad.
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Usage notes[edit]

Gange for the dative form of Gang is archaic and only found in a couple phrases referenced above.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English gang.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Gang f (genitive Gang, plural Gangs)

  1. gang (group of criminals, particularly in a North American context)
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Further reading[edit]

  • Gang” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Gang m (plural Gäng)

  1. Alternative form of Gank

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Γάγγης (Gángēs), from Sanskrit गङ्गा (gáṅgā, literally swift-goer).

Proper noun[edit]

Gang m (Cyrillic spelling Ганг)

  1. Ganges (river)