ijdel

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch idel, from Old Dutch īdil, from Proto-Germanic *īdalaz. Cognate with German eitel, English idle.

The common Dutch loss of medial -d- led to the by-forms ijl and iel, which eventually acquired different meanings.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ijdel ‎(comparative ijdeler, superlative ijdelst)

  1. vain, overly proud (of one's appearance, status etc.)
  2. idle, in vain, unfounded
  3. petty, mere, insignificant, worthless

Declension[edit]

Inflection of ijdel
uninflected ijdel
inflected ijdele
comparative ijdeler
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial ijdel ijdeler het ijdelst
het ijdelste
indefinite m./f. sing. ijdele ijdelere ijdelste
n. sing. ijdel ijdeler ijdelste
plural ijdele ijdelere ijdelste
definite ijdele ijdelere ijdelste
partitive ijdels ijdelers

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