höflich

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German hovelich (in accordance with the customs of the court), which is derived from Middle High German hof, from Old High German hof, from Proto-Germanic *hufą.[1] In a similar way is Old French cortois derived from cort.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhøːflɪç/
  • Hyphenation: höf‧lich
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

höflich (strong nominative masculine singular höflicher, comparative höflicher, superlative am höflichsten)

  1. polite (well-mannered)
    Antonym: unhöflich

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge (1989), “höflich”, 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]

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