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Central Franconian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German ōra.



Uhr n (plural Uhre, diminutive Ührche)

  1. (Ripuarian, northern Moselle Franconian) ear
    Wann de schlääch hürs, wäsch der de Föß, datt der Dreck us de Uhre nohrötsch.
    Wash your feet if you can’t hear well, so that the dirt from your ears can slide down.
Alternative forms[edit]
  • Ohr (southern Moselle Franconian)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch ūre.


  • IPA(key): /uə̯/ (in some dialects distinguished from etymology 1 by tone)


Uhr f (plural Uhre, diminutive Ührche)

  1. (Ripuarian) watch; clock
  2. (Ripuarian) o'clock
Alternative forms[edit]
  • Ouher (Moselle Franconian)


2. eine Uhr
2. eine Uhr

Alternative forms[edit]

  • h (SI symbol)


From late Middle High German ūre, from Middle Low German ûre (hour), from Middle Dutch ure, from Old Dutch *ūra, from Old French houre, from Latin hōra, from Ancient Greek ὥρα (hṓra), from Proto-Indo-European *yeh₁- (year, season). The word was borrowed in the late 14th century when the diphthongization of -ū- into -ou-, -au- was already complete in most dialects; a shifted form exists, however, in dialects (compare Luxembourgish Auer). In German, the word early on developed the sense “timing device”, not present in other languages. Compare further Dutch uur, English hour, French heure.



Uhr f (genitive Uhr, plural Uhren)

  1. (invariable) hours, o'clock (indicates the time within a twelve- or twenty-four-hour period)
    Es ist vier Uhr.It is four o'clock.
    Es ist vier Uhr zwölf.It is twelve minutes past four.
    Wieviel Uhr ist es?What time is it?
  2. clock, watch (instrument used to measure or keep track of time)
    Hyponyms: Armbanduhr, Standuhr, Wanduhr
    Meine Uhr geht nach.
    My watch is running slow.
  3. (in compounds) meter; gauge (a kind of measuring device, typically for water and gas consumption)
    Wasseruhrwater meter
    Gasuhrgas meter
  4. (informal) clockwise direction
    Synonym: Uhrzeigersinn
    mit der Uhrclockwise
    gegen die Uhrwiddershins, counterclockwise



Derived terms[edit]


  • Serbo-Croatian: ura / ура
  • Slovene: ura

Further reading[edit]

  • Uhr” in Duden online
  • Uhr” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

German Low German[edit]


Uhr n (plural has not been set)

  1. Alternative spelling of Ur

Pennsylvania German[edit]


Compare German Uhr, Dutch uur.


Uhr f (plural Uhre)

  1. clock
  2. o'clock

Derived terms[edit]