Kram

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See also: kram, krám, and kräm

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German krām (merchant tent; wares), from Old High German krām (merchant tent; tent cloth), probably ultimately borrowed from Slavic, such as Old Church Slavonic gramŭ (gramŭ, pub, inn) or črěmŭ (črěmŭ, tent).[1]

The semantic development is “tent cloth” → “merchant tent” → “shop” → “wares” → “stuff”. Cognate with Dutch kraam (booth, stall). More at crame.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kʁaːm/
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Noun[edit]

Kram m (genitive Krams or Krames, no plural)

  1. (colloquial, derogatory) stuff
    Synonyms: Krempel, Zeug; see also Thesaurus:Zeug
  2. (archaic) little shop; booth; stall

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References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010) , “kraam1”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute