heucheln

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Spread by Luther; origin unsettled. Probably from Middle Low German hüchelen, which may be akin to Old English hiwian. Older theories are based on Central German origin and relate the word to either hauchen (to aspirate, to whisper) or hocken (to be bowed, to sit). Compare Dutch huichelen (borrowed from German).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhɔʏ̯çəln/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

heucheln (third-person singular simple present heuchelt, past tense heuchelte, past participle geheuchelt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to feign (friendship, morality, etc.); to be hypocritical

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