fein

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See also: Fein, fèin, féin, fèin-, and féin-

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German fīn, from Old French fin, ultimately from Latin finis. See English fine for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /faɪ̯n/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

fein (strong nominative masculine singular feiner, comparative feiner, superlative am feinsten)

  1. fine (not rough, coarse, or thick)
    sehr feines Mehlvery fine flour
    ein feiner Sinna fine sense
  2. (dated, except in certain expressions) fine; very good; as it should be
    ein feiner Kerla fine young man
  3. refined; posh; fancy
    ein feines Restauranta fancy restaurant
  4. (with zu and often reflexive dative) too good; not willing to do something or associate with it because one thinks it beneath one
    Er ist (sich) zu fein zum Abwaschen.
    He thinks himself too good for doing the dishes.
    Er ist (sich) zu fein für uns.
    He thinks himself too good for our company.

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Czech: fajn
  • Polish: fajny
  • Romanian: fain
  • Serbo-Croatian: fajn

References[edit]

Entry fein in Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm at woerterbuchnetz.de

Entry fîn in Mittelhochdeutsches Handwörterbuch von Matthias Lexer at woerterbuchnetz.de

Further reading[edit]

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

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin faenum.

Noun[edit]

fein oblique singularm (oblique plural feinz, nominative singular feinz, nominative plural fein)

  1. hay

Descendants[edit]

Plautdietsch[edit]

Adjective[edit]

fein

  1. nice, good, fine

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • fain (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader)
  • fagn (Sutsilvan, Surmiran)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin fēnum, from faenum.

Noun[edit]

fein m

  1. (Sursilvan) hay

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan) fanar