hauen

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

hauen

  1. Genitive singular form of hauki.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German houwen, Old High German houwan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwaną. Cognate with English hew.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈhaʊ̯ən], [ˈhaʊ̯n]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: hau‧en

Verb[edit]

hauen ‎(third-person singular present haut, past tense haute or hieb, past participle gehauen or gehaut, auxiliary haben)

  1. (literary) to thrust, slash (with a weapon)
    Er hieb nach meinem Helm. — “He thrust for my helmet.”
  2. (transitive) to cut, hew
    Der Einbrecher haut ein Loch in die Wand. — “The burglar cuts a hole in the wall.”
  3. (colloquial) to hit, beat, bang, whack
    Meine Mutter hat ihn gehauen. — “My mother hit him.”
    Sie haute die Nägel in die Wand. — “She banged the nails into the wall”
  4. (reflexive, colloquial) to fling oneself
    Ich werde mich in die Falle hauen. — “I'm going to hit the sack”
  5. (regional) to chop, chop down

Usage notes[edit]

The strong preterite form hieb is only common in the literary sense of to thrust, and also in the set phrase in die gleiche Kerbe hauen, otherwise it's rare and/or stilted, with haute being used instead. However, the main past participle is still gehauen outside of some regional vernaculars.

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