Knabe

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German knabe, from Old High German knabo, chnabo, from Proto-West Germanic *knabō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈknaːbə/
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Noun[edit]

Knabe m (genitive Knaben, plural Knaben, diminutive Knäbchen n or Knäblein n or Knäbelein n)

  1. (dated, now literary, humorous or Southern German, Austria and Switzerland) boy; lad

Usage notes[edit]

  • Knabe used to be the most common term for “boy” until about 1930.[1] As the word was restricted to written style and had no basis in any regional dialects, it has since been replaced with more native Junge (throughout the language area) or Bube (alternatively in southern Germany and Austria).
  • It still occurs in compounds such as Prügelknabe and Chorknabe.

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Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Esperanto: knabo

Further reading[edit]

  • Knabe” in Duden online

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knabe, Junge at Google Ngram Viewer