Treppenwitz

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Treppe (stairs, steps) +‎ -n- +‎ Witz (wit), a calque of French esprit de l'escalier.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Treppenwitz m (genitive Treppenwitzes, plural Treppenwitze)

  1. (fairly rare) staircase wit; l'esprit de l'escalier; a remark or rejoinder thought of only when it is too late
  2. (more common) an ironic and absurd coincidence; something that, if it were not true, would seem like a bad joke
    ein Treppenwitz der Weltgeschichtean irony of world history

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]