Liebe

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From Middle High German liebe(joy, affection, kindliness), from Old High German liob, lioba(fortune, health, pleasantness, joy), from Proto-Germanic *leubą, *leubō(love), from Proto-Indo-European *lubʰ-(to enjoy, to long for), zero-grade of *lewbʰ-. Related with Old High German luba, English love (from Proto-Germanic *lubō).

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Liebe f ‎(genitive Liebe, plural Lieben)

  1. (uncountable) love (tender feeling of affection)
    • 1787, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Egmont
      Und konnte ich fürchten, daß diese unglückliche Liebe das kluge Klärchen so bald hinreißen würde? Ich muß es nun tragen, daß meine Tochter—
      And could I imagine, that this unhappy love would so soon carry away the prudent little Klara? I must endure it now, that my daughter—
  2. (countable) a feeling of love for someone or something particular
  3. (countable) a love relationship
  4. (uncountable, euphemistic) sex; sexual relations; sexual intercourse

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References[edit]

  • Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob und Wilhelm Grimm : "Liebe"
  • Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon Liebe

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