klopfen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German klopfen, from Old High German clophōn, probably onomatopoeic. Cognate with Dutch kloppen. See also the informal doublet kloppen (to thump, beat, fight).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈklɔpfən/, [ˈklɔpfn̩], [ˈklɔpɸn̩]
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

klopfen (third-person singular simple present klopft, past tense klopfte, past participle geklopft, auxiliary haben)

  1. to knock, to rap (strike rather gently with something hard)
  2. (of the heart) to throb; to beat quickly or audibly

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