lästern

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German lestern, lastern, from Old High German lastarōn, derived from laster (abuse, revilement). Analysable as Laster +‎ -n.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlɛstɐn/
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Verb[edit]

lästern (third-person singular simple present lästert, past tense lästerte, past participle gelästert, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to blaspheme against
    Die Ketzer lästern Gott und alle Heiligen.
    The heretics blaspheme against God and all his saints.
  2. (intransitive, with über + accusative) to gossip, usually in a disdainful way; to bitch about; to speak ill of someone behind their back
    Wir lästern doch gar nicht, wir unterhalten uns nur.
    We’re not gossiping, we’re just talking.

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