Hering

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See also: hering

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German hærinc, herinc, from Old High German hārinc, herinc, from Proto-West Germanic *hāring, *haring, perhaps from a substrate language.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈheːʁɪŋ/
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Noun[edit]

Hering m (genitive Herings or Heringes, plural Heringe)

  1. herring
  2. tent peg
  3. (informal) thin person, usually male
    • 1978, “Dicke”, performed by Marius Müller-Westernhagen:
      Ich bin froh, dass ich kein Dicker bin,
      Denn Dicksein ist ’ne Quälerei.
      Ich bin froh, dass ich so’n dürrer Hering bin,
      Denn dünn bedeutet frei zu sein.
      I’m glad I’m not a fat person,
      Because being fat is torment.
      I’m glad I’m such a scrawny herring,
      For to be thin means to be free.

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Estonian: heeringas
  • Hungarian: hering
  • Macedonian: харинга (haringa)
  • Romanian: hering
  • Serbo-Croatian: haringa

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