Klammeraffe

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From klammern (to cling) +‎ Affe (monkey). In the informal sense “stapler”, perhaps reanalysed as Klammer (staple) +‎ Affe.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkla.mɐ.ˌʔa.fə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Klam‧mer‧af‧fe

Noun[edit]

Klammeraffe m (genitive Klammeraffen, plural Klammeraffen)

  1. spider monkey (Ateles)
  2. (humorous) stapler (device which binds together sheets of paper)
  3. (somewhat dated, colloquial, Internet) at sign (@)
    Synonym: at
    • 2000, Josef Haslinger, Das Vaterspiel, S. Fischer, →ISBN, page 12:
      Hast du eine E-Mail-Adresse? R wie Rupert, dann Kramer, aber ohne Punkt dazwischen, dann der Klammeraffe, dann Vienna, Punkt, at.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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