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See also: tod and TOD


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From Middle High German tōd, from Old High German tōd, from Proto-West Germanic *dauþu, from Proto-Germanic *dauþuz. Compare Old Saxon dōth, Dutch dood, English death, Danish død.


  • IPA(key): /toːt/(most of Germany)
  • IPA(key): /toːd̥/(Swiss, Austro-Bavarian)
  • (file)
  • Homophone: tot
  • Rhymes: -oːt


Tod m (genitive Todes or Tods, plural Tode)

  1. death

Usage notes[edit]

  • Like Leben, this noun is usually used with the definite article.
  • Beyond numerous set expressions such as zum Tode verurteilt or sich zu Tode langweilen, Tod is a fairly exceptional noun in that the otherwise archaic dative-e is still applied productively to some extent, although typically with a certain preference for the undeclined variant. Accordingly, both seit seinem Tod and seit seinem Tode are possible in formal style.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Tod in Duden online