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See also: geiss, Geiss, and géiss


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From Middle High German and Old High German geiz, from Proto-West Germanic *gait.

Cognate with Dutch geit, English goat, Danish ged, Icelandic geit, Swedish get, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍄𐍃 (gaits); and with Latin haedus (kid).


  • IPA(key): /ɡaɪ̯s/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯s


Geiß f (genitive Geiß, plural Geißen, diminutive Geißlein n)

  1. (regional) goat (species)
    Synonym: Ziege
  2. (regional) she-goat
    Synonyms: Zicke, Ziege
    Antonyms: Geißbock, Ziegenbock
  3. female roe deer
    Synonym: Ricke
    Antonym: Rehbock

Usage notes[edit]

  • In standard German, the word is now widely restricted to southern Germany and Austria, although many dialects in northern and central Germany have also traditionally used Geiß or cognates thereof (compare Dutch geit). The derivative Geißbock (billy goat) remains somewhat more widespread than Geiß itself.


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Further reading[edit]

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