gemütlich

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See also: gemutlich and gemuetlich

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Borrowed from German gemütlich, from Middle High German gemüetlich, from gemüet (mind, mentality) + -lich (-ly), equivalent to Gemüt (mind, soul) +‎ -lich (-ly). More at mood, -ly.

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gemütlich (comparative more gemütlich, superlative most gemütlich)

  1. Comfortable, cosy, cozy, pleasant.
    • 1972, Robertson Davies, The Manticore:
      Judy told me of its charms because its gemütlich, nineteenth-century naïveté appealed strongly to her; either she was innocent in her tastes or else sophisticated in seeing in this humble little work delights and possibilities the other girls missed.
    • 2001 November 25, Hilton Als, “Unhappy Endings”, in The New Yorker[1]:
      For several years, the center of her world has been the gemütlich studio of her Eastern European piano teacher, Mr. Bilderbach, and his wife, Anna.
  2. Friendly, genial, cheerful, easy-going.
    • 1997 January 26, Judith Miller, “FILM: Making Money Abroad, And Also a Few Enemies”, in New York Times, New York:
      The censors cut one in which Judd Hirsch, who plays Mr. Goldblum's gemutlich, Yiddish-spouting father,

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  1. 1.0 1.1 gemütlich” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Gemüt +‎ -lich.

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  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈmyːtlɪç/
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gemütlich (comparative gemütlicher, superlative am gemütlichsten)

  1. cosy, gemütlich
    Synonym: behaglich
    Die neue Couch ist sehr gemütlich.
    The new couch is very cosy.

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  • English: gemütlich

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