Masche

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Alemannic German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German masca, from Proto-Germanic *maskwǭ. Cognate with German Masche, Dutch maas, English mesh, Swedish maska. Perhaps borrowed from another Germanic language (such as Standard German), as expected inherited form is *Mäsche.

Noun[edit]

Masche f (Uri)

  1. mesh
  2. stitch

References[edit]

  • “Masche” in Abegg, Emil, (1911) Die Mundart von Urseren (Beiträge zur Schweizerdeutschen Grammatik. IV.) [The Dialect of Urseren], Frauenfeld, Switzerland: Huber & co., page 13.

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German maska, from a Proto-Germanic *maskwǭ.[1] Cognate with Old Saxon maska. More at mesh.

Noun[edit]

Masche f (genitive Masche, plural Maschen)

  1. (knitting, crocheting) stitch
  2. hole (in a net)
  3. link (in chainmail)
Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1989), Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 22nd edition, →ISBN

Etymology 2[edit]

Probably from the older meaning of “safety net, sling used for hunting”.

Noun[edit]

Masche f (genitive Masche, no plural)

  1. (colloquial) trick, scam, shtick
    Das ist ja ne tolle Masche.
    Now that’s a nice trick.
Declension[edit]

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