kreischen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German krīschen, from Old High German *krīskan, from Proto-Germanic *krīskaną. Cognate with Dutch krijsen. The weak past forms in contemporary German may due to the formal merger with the early modern German causative kreischen (to make scream), from Middle High German *kreischen, attested in erkreischen. An additional reason may be the fact that the verb was non-native to most Upper German dialects.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʀaɪ̯ʃən/, [ˈkʀaɪ̯ʃn̩]
  • Hyphenation: krei‧schen

Verb[edit]

kreischen (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present kreischt, past tense kreischte or archaic krisch, past participle gekreischt or archaic gekrischen, auxiliary haben)

  1. to squeal, to shriek, to scream
  2. to screech
  3. (colloquial, regional) to cry, to weep
  4. (birdwatching) to squawk

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Weak Conjugation
Strong Conjugation (archaic)

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