Neidbau

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Neid (envy) +‎ Bau (building). Spelled neydpau, the term was used in the laws of Munich as early as 1489; it was used in the laws of Hamburg as early as 1603.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈnaɪ̯tbaʊ̯]
  • Hyphenation: Neid‧bau

Noun[edit]

Neidbau m (genitive Neidbaus or Neidbaues, plural Neidbauten or Neidbaue)

  1. spite house; a structure built primarily to harass or harm a neighbour (which is therefore generally illegal to construct)
    • 1489, Das Stadtrecht von München:
      Item neydpau, die ainem schaden prächten, sollen verpoten sein, und sollen die pauleut dieselben neydpau abzuerkennen und darynne nach gelegenheit der Sachen allwegen zu entschaiden macht haben.

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