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From Middle High German uover, ūver, ūber, possibly from northern Old High German *uofar, but usually considered a borrowing from Middle Low German ōver, ȫver, from Old Saxon *ōvar, *ōvir, from Proto-Germanic *ōferaz. Cognate with Dutch oever, Low German Över, English over (shore, riverbank). The native High German word for “shore” is Gestade.


  • IPA(key): /ˈuːfɐ/
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  • Hyphenation: Ufer


Ufer n (genitive Ufers, plural Ufer)

  1. shore, shoreline
    • 1913, Walther Kabel, Ein gefährliches Abenteuer, Georg E. Nagel, p. 4:
      Die See lag wie ein Spiegel da, und nur hin und wieder rauschte eine Brandungswelle gegen das sandige Ufer.
      The sea lay there like a mirror, and only now and then a breaking wave swept against the sandy shore.
  2. (of a river) bank


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Further reading[edit]

  • Ufer” in Duden online