fiets

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Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch fiets, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fiets (plural fietse)

  1. bicycle, bike

Derived terms[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Een typische fiets
A typical bike

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fits/, [fits]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: fiets
  • Rhymes: -its

Etymology 1[edit]

Unknown. Various hypotheses exist: from the dialectal verb vietse or fietsen (“to move quickly”), from French vite (quickly). Less likely is a corruption of French vélocipède, fieselepee.[1]

Noun[edit]

fiets f (plural fietsen, diminutive fietsje n)

  1. bicycle
    Ik biets iets op de fiets, of zoiets, maar krijg niets.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)
  2. (motorsports) motorbike
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Descendants[edit]
  • Afrikaans: fiets
  • Dutch Low Saxon: fietse
  • German: Fietse
  • Indonesian: pit
  • Javanese: pit
  • West Frisian: fyts

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

fiets

  1. first-person singular present indicative of fietsen
  2. imperative of fietsen

References[edit]

  1. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010) , “fiets1”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute

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