degen

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From German Degen (dagger).

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degen (plural degens)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) Sword.
    • 1828, Bulwer-Lytton, Edward, chapter XXVIII, in Pelham: or The Adventures of a Gentleman[1], volume 1, New York: J. & J. Harper, page 228:
      "Crash the cull—down with him—down with him before he dubs the jigger. Tip him the degen, Fib, fake him through and through; if he pikes we shall all be scragged."

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  • IPA(key): /ˈdeː.ɣə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: de‧gen
  • Rhymes: -eːɣən

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch degen, from Middle High German degen.

Noun[edit]

degen m (plural degens, diminutive degentje n)

  1. (fencing) epee
  2. duelling sword, court sword (slender sword used in duels and battles; distinct from a rapier)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch degen, deghen, from Proto-Germanic *þegnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *tek-. Cognate with German Degen, English thane, Icelandic þegn, Ancient Greek τέκνον (téknon).

Noun[edit]

degen m (plural degens, diminutive degentje n)

  1. (archaic) hero, warrior, soldier

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Noun[edit]

degen

  1. definite singular of deg