deftig

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *daftuz (agreeable, suitable, convenient). Compare English daft, deft, Gothic 𐌲𐌰𐌳𐍉𐍆𐍃 (gadōfs, suitable), Latin faber (craftsman, skillful) and Russian добро (dobro, wealth, good). German deftig was borrowed from the Dutch word.

Adjective[edit]

deftig (comparative deftiger, superlative deftigst)

  1. stylish, distinguished (showing high social class)
  2. pompous

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of deftig
uninflected deftig
inflected deftige
comparative deftiger
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial deftig deftiger het deftigst
het deftigste
indefinite m./f. sing. deftige deftigere deftigste
n. sing. deftig deftiger deftigste
plural deftige deftigere deftigste
definite deftige deftigere deftigste
partitive deftigs deftigers

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via German Low German from Dutch deftig, itself seemingly from West Frisian. The original sense of the Dutch word is not quite clear but would have run on the lines of “suitable, solid, weighty”. The further semantic development has been such that the word now, arguably, has opposite senses in German (“coarse, rustic”) and Dutch (“refined, genteel”).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

deftig (comparative deftiger, superlative am deftigsten)

  1. firm, rough, coarse (most often of speech or behaviour)
  2. (food) substantial, hearty, rustic
  3. (dated or regional) solid, presentable

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