fliegen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German vliegen, Old High German fliogan, from Proto-West Germanic *fleugan, from Proto-Germanic *fleuganą, from Proto-Indo-European *plewk-. Compare Dutch vliegen, Low German flegen, English fly, Danish flyve.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfliːɡŋ̩/, /ˈfliːɡən/
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  • Rhymes: -iːɡn̩

Verb[edit]

fliegen (class 2 strong, third-person singular present fliegt, past tense flog, past participle geflogen, past subjunctive flöge, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (intransitive) to fly; to travel by air [auxiliary sein]
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 52/2010, page 16:
      Passagiere, die aus den USA nach Europa fliegen und dort umsteigen, sollen ab dem 1. April im Transitbereich nicht mehr kontrolliert werden.
      It is planned that passengers who fly from the United States to Europe and change planes there are not checked in the transit area anymore after April 1.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) to rush; to fly; to go quickly [auxiliary sein]
  3. (transitive) to fly; to pilot [auxiliary haben]
  4. (transitive) to transport by air [auxiliary haben]
  5. (intransitive, colloquial) to get the axe, to get kicked out [auxiliary sein]
  6. (intransitive, colloquial) to fall; to fall down [auxiliary sein]

Conjugation[edit]

  • In early modern German, the 2nd and 3rd persons singular present and the imperative singular were alternatively du fleugst, er fleugt, fleug!

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

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