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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The High German equivalent Heune became obsolete in Early Modern German and was superseded by the Latin-derived Ungar (Hungarian) and Hunne (Hun).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.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhyːnə/
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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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