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From Old High German tior, from Proto-Germanic *deuzą. Cognate with Danish dyr, Gothic 𐌳𐌹𐌿𐍃(dius), Old Norse dýr, English deer.


Broom icon.svg A user suggests that this entry be cleaned up, giving the reason: “Sense three and example do not fit together. It's "Dieser Junge ist so stark wie ein wildes Tier!‎", that is a comparaision and just sense 1. For sense 3 it would have to something like "Dieser Junge ist ein wildes Tier!‎". Though that could still refer to sense 1, as all humans are animals and as the boy could be someone like Tarzan.”.
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Tier n (genitive Tieres or Tiers, plural Tiere)

  1. animal
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 25/2010, page 140:
      Mit seinen 30 Meter Länge und mitunter mehr als 150 Tonnen Gewicht übertrifft der Blauwal jedes andere Tier auf Erden.
      With its length of 30 meters and weight of sometimes more than 150 tons the blue whale surpasses every other animal on Earth.
  2. (hunting jargon) hind (female red deer)
  3. (informal, slang) someone who has animalistic features (of strength, appearance etc.)
    Dieser Junge ist so stark wie ein wildes Tier!
    This boy is as strong as a wild animal!


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  • Tier in Duden online