eitel

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German ītel ‎(empty, void, vain), from Old High German ītal ‎(empty), from Proto-Germanic *ītlaz. Cognate with Luxembourgish eidel ‎(empty), Dutch ijdel ‎(vain), English idle.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈaɪ̯təl/, [ˈʔaɪ̯təl], [ˈʔaɪ̯tl̩]

Adjective[edit]

eitel ‎(comparative eitler, superlative am eitelsten)

  1. vain (overly proud of oneself, especially one’s outer appearance)
    Er ist so eitel, dass er kaum mal zwanzig Minuten nicht in den Spiegel kucken kann.
    He’s so vain that he can barely go twenty minutes without looking into a mirror.
  2. (religion, otherwise dated) vain; void; futile (having no value or effect)
    Der weltliche Genuss ist eitel und vergänglich.
    Worldly pleasures are vain and fading.
  3. (dialectal, otherwise obsolete) empty

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