Wurm

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German wurm, from Proto-Germanic *wurmiz, from Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis. Compare Dutch and English worm, West Frisian wjirm, Danish orm, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌼𐍃 (waurms).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vʊrm/, [vʊʁm], [vʊɐ̯m], [ʋ-]
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Noun[edit]

Wurm m or n (genitive Wurms or Wurmes, plural Würmer or Würme, diminutive Würmchen n or Würmlein n)

  1. (biology) worm
  2. (informal) maggot, grub
  3. (archaic) any crawling animal, e.g. a reptile
  4. (poetic, heraldry) dragon, lindworm, wyrm
  5. (computing) worm
  6. (colloquial, affectionate) a baby or small child; a mite; any helpless creature

Usage notes[edit]

  • The word is generally masculine in all senses. When meaning “baby, mite”, it may alternatively be neuter.
  • The normal plural is Würmer. The form Würme is archaic; it might still see some usage in the heraldic sense.

Declension[edit]

  • Rare neuter form:
  • Archaic plural:

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