fremdgehen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From fremd +‎ gehen, thus “to go strange”, that is “to go with an outsider”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈfʁɛmtˌɡeːən/
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Verb[edit]

fremdgehen (class 7 strong, third-person singular simple present geht fremd, past tense ging fremd, past participle fremdgegangen, past subjunctive ginge fremd, auxiliary sein)

  1. (now only slightly informal) to cheat; to be unfaithful (have sexual or romantic relations with another than one's stable partner, typically in secret)
    Ich bin meiner Frau nie fremdgegangen.
    I’ve never cheated on my wife.
  2. (figuratively, colloquial, chiefly humorous) to be unfaithful; to prefer someone or something else
    Ein echter Fan geht seinem Verein nicht fremd.
    A real supporter won’t cheat on his club.

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  • Dutch: vreemdgaan