Spatz

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Alemannic German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German spaz, spatze, a diminutive of spare, from Old High German sparo (sparrow), from Proto-Germanic *sparwô. Cognate with German Spatz.

Noun[edit]

Spatz m (plural Spatze, diminutive Spätzli)

  1. sparrow

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃpats/
  • Rhymes: -ats
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German sparwe, from the diminutive of Old High German sparo, formed with -izo or -zo, as in the first names Heinz, Kunz. Compare Sperling.

Noun[edit]

Spatz m (genitive Spatzen or Spatzes, plural Spatzen)

  1. (especially southern and western) sparrow
  2. (ornithology, technical) house sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Usage notes[edit]

The word may have weak or strong declension in the standard language. In the colloquial, it is almost exclusively strong.

Declension[edit]
Synonyms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Luxembourgish: Spatz

Etymology 2[edit]

From Spatz (“sparrow”), but with a different plural on the model of the rhyming word Schatz.

Noun[edit]

Spatz m (genitive Spatzes, plural Spätze)

  1. an affectionate nickname, mostly used towards children, more seldom towards lovers, almost never with friends
    Hallo, mein Spatz!Hello, sweetie!
    Hallo, meine Spätze!Hello, my darlings!
Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Spatz” in Duden online

Luxembourgish[edit]

e Spatz

Etymology[edit]

Form German Spatz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Spatz m (plural Spatzen)

  1. sparrow

Synonyms[edit]

  • Mësch (the originally Luxembourgish word)