knipsen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the now dated noun Knips (flip; dab), itself derived with the northern suffix -s from the verb Middle Low German knippen (to flip; to slap; to wink). Compare Dutch knippen. This verb may plausibly be thought to be derived from Middle Low German knīpen (to squeeze) (see kneifen), but onomatopoeia has certainly played a role in the development of this root.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈknɪpsən/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

knipsen (weak, third-person singular present knipst, past tense knipste, past participle geknipst, auxiliary haben)

  1. to nip; to pinch (particularly so as to pluck or cut off)
  2. to perforate (particularly a ticket, so as to invalidate)
  3. to photograph

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