gemein

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German gemein, from Old High German gimeini, from Proto-West Germanic *gamainī. Cognate with Old English gemǣne, English mean, Dutch gemeen, Danish gemen, Swedish gemen and Norwegian gemen.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈmaɪ̯n/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n

Adjective[edit]

gemein (strong nominative masculine singular gemeiner, comparative gemeiner, superlative am gemeinsten)

  1. (colloquial, often childish) mean, nasty, wicked
  2. (dated, taxonomy) ordinary, common, average
  3. (dated) base, vile, vulgar
  4. (somewhat dated) having a characteristic in common

Adverb[edit]

gemein (strong nominative masculine singular gemeiner, comparative gemeiner, superlative am gemeinsten)

  1. (intensifier) very; intensely

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Adverb[edit]

gemein

  1. (colloquial) wicked, beastly, awfully, awful
    Es ist gemein kalt heute draußen.It's wicked cold outside today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge (1989), “gemein”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological Dictionary of the German Language] (in German), 22nd edition, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, →ISBN

Further reading[edit]

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