Wichtel

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Etymology[edit]

Wicht (little creature, kobold) +‎ -el (diminutive suffix)

Noun[edit]

Wichtel m (genitive Wichtels, plural Wichtel)

  1. (folklore, fantasy) A gnome, dwarf (small industrious creature, often looking like an old man)
  2. A secret Santa (person who gives one an anonymous gift)

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