The noun spread from student slang of Upper Saxony in the later 18th century, possibly picked up from thieves’ cant, and is based on the idea of a crowded pub where people, as it were, squeeze and poke each other. Kneipe became the commonest word for “pub” during the 20th century.
Kneipe f (genitive Kneipe, plural Kneipen)
- The term Kneipe typically refers to a pub that does not serve hot food, which is the predominant rule for pubs in German-speaking Europe. Pubs that do serve hot food are more likely to be referred to as Wirtschaft or Lokal, although they may also be called Kneipe.
- → Czech: knajpa
- → Danish: knejpe
- → Icelandic: knæpa
- → Dutch: knijp
- → Polish: knajpa
- → Ukrainian: кна́йпа (knájpa)