knaap

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From Middle Dutch knape, from Old Dutch *knapo, from Proto-Germanic *knappô (boy, youth), from Proto-Indo-European *gnebʰ- (to press, tighten). Compare German Knappe, Knabe, English knave, knape, Danish knabe, Icelandic knapi.

Noun[edit]

knaap m (plural knapen, diminutive knaapje n)

  1. boy, usually adolescent
  2. (by extension) Any human male, regardless of age
    • 1982, Rubberen Robbie, "Meneer Tarzan".
      Wie zei daar domme aap? / Pas op je woorden, knaap
  3. (chiefly in compounds) A servant, helper
  4. A big one, whopper, said of a creature or an object

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