Sau

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See also: sau, SAU, sáu, sâu, său, s-au, sau-, and sa'u

Central Franconian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Sou (spelling variant, chiefly used for Moselle Franconian dialects)

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German .

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sau f (plural Säu or Sei, diminutive Säuche or Seiche)

  1. (Ripuarian, western Moselle Franconian) sow; female pig
  2. (eastern Moselle Franconian) pig (male or female)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The inflected forms with -äu- are Ripuarian, those with -ei- are Moselle Franconian.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German , from Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *sūz, from Proto-Indo-European *sū-. Cognate with English sow, Danish so.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sau f (genitive Sau, plural Säue or Sauen)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) pig (male or female)
  2. sow, female pig
  3. (figuratively) a dislikable or unethical person

Usage notes[edit]

  • Both plurals are roughly equally common in the concrete sense “female pig”, though Sauen is usually preferred in farmers’ and hunters’ parlance. In the figurative sense, only Säue is used.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German , from Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *sūz. Cognate with German Sau, English sow, Icelandic sýr, Swedish so.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Sau f (plural Sai)

  1. sow (female pig)

Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German Sau, Dutch zeug, English sow.

Noun[edit]

Sau f (plural Sei)

  1. sow (female pig)
  2. filthy person

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