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See also: omi, OMI, and ómi



Diminutive form of Oma.


  • IPA(key): /ˈoːmi/
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Omi f (genitive Omis or Omi, plural Omis)

  1. grandma, granny, nan

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word is commonly used with a definite article in most parts of central Germany, southern Germany, and Austria: Wo ist die Omi? – “Where is Grandma?” In northern Germany—and generally in writing—no article tends to be used: Wo ist Omi?
  • The genitive Omis is used before the modified term, without any article or determiner: Omis Tasche – “Grandma’s bag”. This is chiefly northern German usage; the rest of the language prefers: die Tasche von der Omi (as above). — With an accompanying article or determiner, the genitive takes no ending: die Tasche meiner Omi – “my grandma’s bag”. This, however, is not common usage in any region; children will say instead: die Tasche von meiner Omi.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Omi” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Omi” in Duden online
  • Omi” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon



From Proto-Germanic *wōhmô (noise, sound, shout, voice), from Proto-Indo-European *wekʷ- (to speak, sound). Related with Old Norse ómr (sound), Old Norse ómun (voice), Old High German giwahan (to mention), Latin vōx (voice).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. one of the names of Odin; a personification of the wind


  1. Bosworth and Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary entry "Wōma"