angsthaas

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From angst (fear) +‎ haas (hare), a loan translation of German Angsthase, which could be based on the hare’s flight instinct, but is usually thought to be an alteration of unattested *Angsthose, from Hose (trousers, pants); compare Dutch bangebroek, English shit one's pants.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɑŋst.ɦaːs/
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  • Hyphenation: angst‧haas

Noun[edit]

angsthaas m (plural angsthazen, diminutive angsthaasje n)

  1. a person who is easily scared, scaredy-cat

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