Geschmack

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German gismac, gismah, smac from Proto-West Germanic *smakku.

Cognate with Dutch smaak, English smack, smatch, Swedish smak, Danish smag.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈʃmak/
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  • Rhymes: -ak

Noun[edit]

Geschmack m (strong, genitive Geschmacks or Geschmackes, plural Geschmäcker or (now rare) Geschmäcke)

  1. taste
    • 1918, Elisabeth von Heyking, Die Orgelpfeifen, in: Zwei Erzählungen, Phillipp Reclam jun. Verlag, page 19:
      Die eigenen Zimmer hatten sich die Enkel nach persönlichem Geschmack eingerichtet.
      The grandchildren had furnished their own rooms according to their personal taste.
  2. flavour
  3. (Switzerland) smell, odor

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some dictionaries still label the plural Geschmäcker as colloquial. In practice, however, this form has been predominant in all registers since the 1980s, while the older form Geschmäcke has become quite rare.[1]

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Czech: šmakovat

Further reading[edit]

  • Geschmack” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Geschmack” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Geschmack” in Duden online

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geschmäcke, Geschmäcker at Google Ngram Viewer