balen

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See also: bålen

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaːlə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: ba‧len
  • Rhymes: -aːlən

Etymology 1[edit]

From baal (bale) +‎ -en or rather balen (bales), used in ironic expressions with tabak (tobacco; something excellent) to express frustration or annoyance; compare tabak hebben van. The reanalysis as a verb probably developed from phrases like het is balen (“it is frustrating”).

Verb[edit]

balen

  1. (intransitive) to be annoyed, frustrated or fed up [+ van (with)] [from mid 20th c.]
    Niemand vond het erg dat de kelner de verkeerde aanspreektitel gebruikte, maar hij baalt wel van de vergissing.
    Nobody minded that the waiter used the incorrect titel of address, but he certainly does resent his own mistake.
    Dat de brug nu al weken kapot is, is balen.
    It is so annoying that the bridge has been out of order for weeks.
    Eerst kom je te laat en nu heb jij het cadeau vergeten? Ja, daar baal ik wel van!
    First you showed up too late and now you forgot to bring the present? Yes, you bet I am fed up with that!
  2. (intransitive) to act up, usually from frustration (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
Usage notes[edit]

Prepositional phrases with van are reserved for nominal and pronominal arguments, including dummy objects:

Inwoners balen van de trage voortgang.Residents are annoyed by the slow-going progress.
Haar baas baalt van jou.Her boss is fed up with you.

Dat and hoe are used for clauses; the adverb ervan may be used in the governing clause as a dummy object:

De ouders baalden ervan, dat de toetsuitslagen ongeldig verklaard werden.
The parents were annoyed that the test results were declared invalid.
Ik baal ervan, hoe je me steeds weer weet over te halen.
I am sick of how you manage to persuade me time and again.
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of balen (weak)
infinitive balen
past singular baalde
past participle gebaald
infinitive balen
gerund balen n
present tense past tense
1st person singular baal baalde
2nd person sing. (jij) baalt baalde
2nd person sing. (u) baalt baalde
2nd person sing. (gij) baalt baalde
3rd person singular baalt baalde
plural balen baalden
subjunctive sing.1 bale baalde
subjunctive plur.1 balen baalden
imperative sing. baal
imperative plur.1 baalt
participles balend gebaald
1) Archaic.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Gerund of the verb balen.

Interjection[edit]

balen

  1. (informal) too bad, that sucks

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Noun[edit]

balen

  1. Plural form of baal

Kapampangan[edit]

Noun[edit]

balen

  1. town

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

balen

  1. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present subjunctive form of balar.
  2. (used formally in Spain) Second-person plural (ustedes) imperative form of balar.
  3. (used formally in Spain) Second-person plural present subjunctive form of balar.

Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

balen

  1. definite singular of bal