Tölpel

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Etymology[edit]

From a merger of dialectal tolp (with variants; of unknown, probably onomatopoetic, origin) and Middle High German dörpel, itself dissimilated from dörper, from Middle Low German dorper(villager), from dorp(village). Both of these words meant “rude, gruff person”, and dörper/dörpel particularly “uncultured, unrefined person”. The name of the bird is due to its apparently clumsy movements.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtœlpəl/, [ˈtœlpəl], [ˈtœlpl̩]
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Noun[edit]

Tölpel m ‎(genitive Tölpels, plural Tölpel)

  1. someone who acts in a clumsy or awkward way (physically or socially)
  2. idiot, fool
  3. gannet (a sea bird)

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