Wirrwarr

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a reduplication of wirren (to whirl), from Middle High German werren, from Old High German werran (to entangle, confuse), from Proto-West Germanic *werran (to confuse).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪʁ.vaʁ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Wirrwarr m or n or f (genitive Wirrwarrs or Wirrwarr, no plural)

  1. chaos

Usage notes[edit]

  • Wirrwarr is one of a small number of German nouns which can or historically could have all three genders; see the appendix. The masculine gender is most common; the feminine is rare.

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