düster

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See also: duster

German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German dûster, from Old Saxon thiustri, ultimately from Proto-West Germanic *þiustrī (dark, without light).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈdyːstər/
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  • Hyphenation: düs‧ter; before the 1996 reform: dü‧ster

Adjective[edit]

düster (comparative düsterer or düstrer, superlative am düstersten)

  1. cheerless, melancholy, somber
  2. dark, gloomy, obscure

Usage notes[edit]

The contracted comparative düstrer is per se rare, but more commonly seen in the inflected forms, e.g. düstrere, düstrerer (in order to avoid the three reduced syllables and reduplication in düsterere, düstererer).

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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

German Low German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German dü̂ster, from Old Saxon thiustri (dark). Akin to Old High German dinstar

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

düster

  1. dark, obscure
  2. cheerless, melancholy, somber
  3. of no good intention, evil