Zeug

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

Zeug n (genitive Zeugs or Zeuges, plural Zeuge)

  1. stuff, gear, equipment
  2. material
  3. fabric, clothing, clothes

Usage notes[edit]

The plural Zeuge is quite rare (except in compounds such as Fahrzeug). Generally, Zeug is treated as uncountable. The form Zeugs (neuter sg.) is more informal and often used in a negative sense.

Noun[edit]

Zeug m (genitive Zeugs or Zeuges, plural Zeugen)

  1. (dated) stuff, material

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Zeug in Duden online