gern

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See grin.

Verb[edit]

gern (third-person singular simple present gerns, present participle gerning, simple past and past participle gerned)

  1. (obsolete) To grin.
  2. (obsolete) To yawn.
    • Edmund Spenser
      [He] gaped like a gulf when he did gern.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gern in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • gerne (both forms are roughly equally frequent)

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German gerno, from Proto-Germanic *gernô (willingly, gladly), an adverbial form of *gernaz (eager, willing). Akin to Dutch gaarne, English yern, Swedish gärna, Danish gerne.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɡɛʁn/, [ɡɛʁn], [ɡɛɐ̯n]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛʁn

Adverb[edit]

gern (comparative lieber, superlative am liebsten)

  1. willingly; gladly; usually expressed verbally in English, with like, enjoy, etc.
    Markus fährt gern Fahrrad.
    Markus enjoys biking.
  2. (only with mögen) much; a lot
    Dieses Lied mag ich gern.
    I like this song a lot.
  3. (slightly informal) easily; often
    Mir wird gern mal schlecht im Auto.
    I easily feel sick in the car.

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • gern in Duden online

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gernaz, whence Old English ġeorn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gern

  1. willing, eager

Derived terms[edit]


Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *gernaz, whence Old English ġeorn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

gern (comparative gernoro, superlative gernost)

  1. eager

Declension[edit]


Adverb[edit]

gern

  1. willingly