Wasser

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See also: wasser, wässer, Wässer, and Wåsser

Alemannic German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Low Alemannic:)
    • (Upper Rhine Alemannic:)
      • (Basel German:) Wasser
      • (Alsatian:) Wasser (Wâsser, Wàsər)

Noun[edit]

Wasser n

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Wörterbuch der elsässischen Mundarten
  • Rudolf Suter, Baseldeutsch-Grammatik (1976): s Wasser

Central Franconian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Waßer (native in most dialects; now archaic in many)

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German wazzar. The use of -a- instead of the expected -ā- is influenced by standard German.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Wasser n ‎(plural Wasser, diminutive Wässerche)

  1. (many dialects) water
    Dat Wasser vun Kölle es jot.
    The water of Cologne is good. (Line from a Bläck Fööss song.)

German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. Compare Low German Water, Dutch and English water, Danish vand.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Wasser n ‎(genitive Wassers, plural Wasser or Wässer, diminutive Wässerchen n or Wässerlein n)

  1. water
  2. an alcoholic beverage, similar to brandy, made from fermented fruit

Usage notes[edit]

  • Both plural forms are infrequent. Unchanged Wasser is used as a purely emphatic plural: die Wasser des Rheins – "the waters of the Rhine". Wässer is used as an actual plural meaning different kinds of water (or brandy): teure und preiswerte Wässer – "expensive and inexpensive [table] waters". However, Wässer is also used emphatically in some compound words such as Abwässer ‎(waste water) and Schmutzwässer ‎(dirty water).

Declension[edit]

Plural Wasser

Plural Wässer

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Noun[edit]

Wasser

  1. water

Rhine Franconian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Noun[edit]

Wasser ?

  1. (many dialects, including Palatine) water

References[edit]

  • Verse und Reime eines alten Pfälzers, in pfälzischer Mundart (1864): guts Wasser

Unserdeutsch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Noun[edit]

Wasser

  1. water

References[edit]

  • 1991, Language and Linguistics in Melanesia: Inclusive/exclusive 'we': (a) Uns bis neben Salz-wasser. / we IN are next to salt water / 'We're next to the ocean.'