The word has been used as a euphemism for "poison" since Old High German, influenced by Late Latin dosis (“dose”), from Ancient Greek δόσις (dósis, “something given; dose of medicine”). The original meaning "gift" has disappeared in contemporary Standard German, but see Mitgift. Compare also Dutch gift (“gift”) alongside gif (“poison”).
- poison; toxin; venom
- While the word is neuter in contemporary German, it may also occasionally be masculine in older texts.
Gift f (genitive Gift, plural Giften)
- (gift): Gabe
- poison ivy, ivy poisoning