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See also: last, lȧ̃st, läst, and låst



From Middle High German last, from Old High German last, hlast, from Proto-Germanic *hlastuz, from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂- (to put, lay out), whence English laden. Compare English ballast in part.



Last f (genitive Last, plural Lasten)

  1. load, burden
    • 1921, Elisabeth von Heyking, Die Trommel, in Weberin Schuld, G. Grote'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, page 18:
      Und sie ging gebückt, als trage sie eine schwere Last, […]
      And she walked bowed as if she carried a heavy load, […]


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  • Last” in Duden online
  • Last” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Last in Kluge's Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, 1891