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Borrowed from German Zeug.

Proper noun[edit]

Zeug (plural Zeugs)

  1. A surname from German.


  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Zeug is the 80419th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 236 individuals. Zeug is most common among White (93.64%) individuals.

Further reading[edit]


Alternative forms[edit]

  • Zeugs (chiefly informal and pejorative)


From Middle High German ziuc (stuff, gear), from Old High German giziug, from Proto-West Germanic *teug, from Proto-Germanic *teugą. Compare Dutch tuig (tool, gear), Old Norse tygi (gear). More at toy.


  • IPA(key): /t͡sɔʏ̯k/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /t͡sɔʏ̯ç/ (northern and central Germany; now chiefly colloquial)
  • (file)


Zeug n (strong, genitive Zeuges or Zeugs, plural Zeuge)

  1. stuff, gear, equipment
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:Zeug
    Coordinate terms: Ding, Gegenstand, Sache
  2. material
    Synonym: Material
  3. fabric, clothing, clothes
    Synonym: Stoff
  4. rubbish, anything bad or harmful

Usage notes[edit]

  • The plural Zeuge is quite rare since Zeug is normally an uncountable word. Some compounds, however, are countable (e.g. Fahrzeug) or may be countable depending on the context (e.g. Werkzeug). An alternate obsolete plural is Zeuger.
  • Until the 19th century, Zeug was often treated as masculine by southern writers, except in the sense “fabric”, where the masculine was very rare. This usage is now obsolete and Zeug is exclusively neuter in contemporary German.


Derived terms[edit]


  • Czech: cajk

Further reading[edit]

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