Trümmer

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Plural of Trumm (Middle High German drum, Old High German trum, Germanic *þrum-), which has acquired a separate meaning. The Middle High German plural was drum or drumer, Early Modern High German trumer, trumeren, trummer, trimmer, trümmern. The new singular trümmer (either feminine, masculine or neuter) arises in the 18th century (Klopstock). The singular remained in common use until the end of the 19th century. In the 20th century, use as plurale tantum became prevalent, and use as a singular is now dated.

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Noun[edit]

Trümmer ‎(plural only); Trümmer m ‎(genitive Trümmers, plural Trümmer); Trümmer f ‎(genitive Trümmer, plural Trümmern)

  1. ruins, debris, wreckage, remains, fragments
    1780 ... zu stehn auf der flammenden Trümmer [fem. sg.] seines Tempels ... "... to stand on the flaming ruins of their [the people's] temple ..." (Klopstock Messias 172)
    1796 ... brachten nur wenige Trümmer ihrer Besitztümer davon. "[the refugees] only saved a few fragments of their possessions" (Goethe, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre)
    1864 Die Trümmer des alten Schlosses Dürande sehen über die Wipfel in die Einsamkeit hinein (the ruins of old Dürande castle look out over the tree-tops into solitude" (Eichendorff Sämtliche Werke (1864) 3, 295)
    1905 Keine Stunde hielt es an, bis die Mühle borst in Trümmer. "before the end of an hour, the mill collapsed in ruins" (Mörike Gesammelte Schriften 3, 41)

Noun[edit]

Trümmer

  1. plural of Trumm

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