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See also: korb and kõrb



From Middle High German korp, from Old High German korb, chorp, from Proto-Germanic *kurbaz, possibly a borrowing 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.


  • IPA(key): /kɔrp/, /kɔɐ̯p/
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Korb m (genitive 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