herr

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Albanian *skarna, from Proto-Indo-European *sker- (to cut). Related to harr.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

herr f (indefinite plural herra, definite singular herri, definite plural herrat)

  1. dwarf, small creature

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Orel, Vladimir, “herr”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Cologne: Brill, 1998, →ISBN, page 146

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Formed from herre (gentleman, master) by the same mechanism as grev, kong, fru. Note that Danish usually doesn't allow double consonants in non-intervocalic contexts.

Particle[edit]

herr

  1. (dated) mister (title)
    • 1942, Carlo Andersen, Politiet beder os efterlyse, Lindhardt og Ringhof (→ISBN)
      »Det var et ganske besynderligt Indkøb, Herr Jensen,« indrømmede Wengel, i et krampagtigt Forsøg paa at oparbejde den fornødne Interesse.
    • 1921, Ingeniøren: ugeblad udgivet af Dansk Ingeniørforening
      Vi undlader dog ikke at bemærke, at vi, forinden Prøven blev afholdt, paa alle Maader søgte at overbevise Herr Jensen om, at en sammenlignende Prøve foretaget paa den Maade vilde være spildt Ulejlighed.

Usage notes[edit]

Today, appears almost exclusively in the abbreviated form hr..


Old Norse[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Norse ᚺᚨᚱᛃᚨ (harja) (accusative), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ker- (war).

Noun[edit]

herr m (genitive herjar)

  1. crowd, great number; host (as in a host of men)
  2. army, host, troops (on land or sea)

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Descendants[edit]

  • Danish: hær
  • Faroese: herur
  • Icelandic: her
  • Norwegian Bokmål: hær
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: her, hær
  • Old Swedish: hær
  • Westrobothnian: her

References[edit]

herr in Geir T. Zoëga, A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1910


Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛr/, [hærː]

Noun[edit]

herr c

  1. (archaic, formal) Mister, Sir (used in address and titles); a form of herre
    1904, Selma Lagerlöf, The Treasure[1], archived from the original on 18 December 2019, page 6:
    I Solberga prästgård satt prästen, herr Arne, och åt aftonvard i kretsen av allt sitt husfolk.
    At Solberga parsonage, the priest, herr Arne, sat at supper surrounded by all his household.
    Note: After the you-reform of the 1960's and 70's usage of the first name is seen as more proper, except under the most formal circumstances (e.g. military or royalty).

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