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See also: hune, huene, and Hune



From German Low German Hüne (giant, hulk), from Middle Low German hǖne (hulk; Hun), ultimately from the self-designation of the historic Huns. Compare Middle High German hiune, hūne (Hun; Hungarian), from Old High German hūn (Hun).

The High German equivalent Heune became obsolete in Early Modern German and was superseded by the Latin-derived Ungar (Hungarian) and Hunne (Hun). However, Hüne remained common as a term for “giant, hulk” both in mythic and everyday contexts in many parts of northern Germany, whence it was reintroduced to the written language in the 17th and 18th centuries.



Hüne m (genitive Hünen, plural Hünen)

  1. giant, hulk (tall man, typically also muscular)
    Drago, ein eiskalter Hüne mit über 2,00 m Körperlänge, ist eine mit stahlharten Muskeln bepackte Kampfmaschine.
    “Drago, an ice-cold hulk of a man standing more than two metres tall, is a fighting machine packed with muscles of steel.
  2. (mythology) giant


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