Schippe

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Schüppe (less common spelling, but very common spoken form)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German schüppe. Also a Central German word; compare Luxembourgish Schëpp. Cognate to Dutch schop (spade).

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Noun[edit]

Schippe f (genitive Schippe, plural Schippen)

  1. shovel
    Sie hat den Graben ganz allein mit der Schippe ausgehoben.
    She's dug the ditch all on her own with a shovel.
  2. (figuratively) used as a typical property of manual labourers
    Es kann nicht jeder Professor sein. Irgendwer muss auch mit der Schippe arbeiten.
    Not everybody can be a professor. Someone must work with a shovel, too.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Schippe and Schüppe are preferred to the synonym Schaufel in many parts of northern and central Germany. The latter is, however, more common in formal contexts.

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Noun[edit]

Schippe

  1. plural of Schipp