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See also: korb and kõrb



From Middle High German korp, from Old High German korb, from Latin corbis. Compare Dutch korf, English corf, Danish kurv, Swedish korg, Icelandic karfa.

The sense “rejection of a (romantic) request” is formed back from the expressions einen Korb geben (to so reject), einen Korb kriegen (to be so rejected). These derive from certain older customs, which involved a bottomless basket as a symbol of the end or inexistence of love. The further origin of this symbol seems uncertain, though it has been plausibly related to the apparent mediaeval practice of pulling a secret visitor up to one’s window in a basket. Compare the same in Dutch een korf krijgen and Swedish få korgen.



Korb m (genitive Korbs or Korbes, plural Körbe, diminutive Körbchen n or Körblein n)

  1. basket; creel
  2. (aviation) nacelle
  3. (law) a set of laws around a certain theme
  4. (informal) rejection of a request, typically romantic, such as a proposal or asking for a date


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  • Korb in Duden online