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  • IPA(key): /hɔʁst/, [hɔʁst], [hɔɐ̯st]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German hurst, from Old High German hurst, from Proto-Germanic *hurstiz. The modern vocalism is Central and Low German (compare Middle Low German horst). Cognate to Dutch horst, English hurst.


Horst m (genitive Horstes or Horsts, plural Horste)

  1. the nest of a bird of prey, an eyrie
  2. (literary) bush; thicket; small forest
  3. (short for Fliegerhorst) military airport; air force base
  4. (geology) horst
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly related to the common noun (etymology 1). First used in an 18th-century play, taken into regular use in the 19th century, popular after 1920, now rare for a child. Compare etymology 3.

Proper noun[edit]

Horst m (genitive Horsts (avoided))

  1. A male given name

Etymology 3[edit]

From the name, which has come to be regarded as dated and “uncool”.


Horst m (genitive Horstes (avoided), plural Horste)

  1. (colloquial, youth slang) loser; nerd; idiot
    Alter, du bist so ein Horst!
    Mate, you're such an idiot!