kein

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Breton[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Welsh cefn (back), Cornish keyn (back), Gaulish Cebenna (ridge, height) (whence French Cévennes), ultimately from Proto-Celtic *kebno- (back).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

kein m (plural keinoù)

  1. back (the rear of body)

Inflection[edit]


German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German kein, from the merger of Middle High German dechein, dehein ("someone; anyone", from Old High German dehein) and Middle High German nechein, nehein ("not any", from Old High German nihein). More at none.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

kein

  1. no; not a(n); not one; not any
    Das ist kein Bett. — “That is not a bed.” (Compare with: “That is no bed.”)

Declension[edit]

The declension pattern for kein follows that of ein (a) and the possessive determiners, as does the declension of adjectives that follow kein. For the most part, the adjectives decline like those that appear after the definite article (the so-called weak declension pattern for German adjectives). However, kein lacks a masculine marker in the nominative case and a neuter marker in the nominative and accusative cases. Accordingly, adjectives following that plain form take an -er or -es to indicate the gender:


Declension of kein
masculine feminine neuter plural
nominative kein keine kein keine
genitive keines keiner keines keiner
dative keinem keiner keinem keinen
accusative keinen keine kein keine

Related terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • kein in Duden online

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian *kēne, from Proto-Germanic *kōniz (brave).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

kein

  1. pretty, charming
  2. chaste

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of kein
uninflected kein
inflected keine
comparative keinder
keiner
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial kein keinder
keiner
it keinst
it keinste
indefinite c. sing. keine keindere
keinere
keinste
n. sing. kein keinder
keiner
keinste
plural keine keindere
keinere
keinste
definite keine keindere
keinere
keinste
partitive keins keinders
keiners

Further reading[edit]

  • kein”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011