lieb

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Alemannic German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle High German liep, from Old High German liob, liub.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lieb ‎(comparative lieber, superlative liebscht)

  1. dear

Declension[edit]

Declension of lieb
masculine feminine neuter plural
Weak inflection nominative/accusative liebi liebi liebi liebe
dative liebe liebe liebe liebe
Strong inflection nominative/accusative liebe liebi liebs liebi
dative liebe liebe liebe liebe

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German liob, from Proto-Germanic *leubaz, from Proto-Indo-European *lewbʰ-. Compare Dutch and archaic English lief.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lieb ‎(comparative lieber, superlative am liebsten)

  1. lovable; dear; darling; sweet; good-hearted; kind
    • 1784: Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, Kabale und Liebe
      Ihr steht bestürzt, guten Leute, erwartet angstvoll, wie sich das Räthsel entwickeln wird?--Kommt näher, meine Lieben!--Ihr dientet mir redlich und warm [...]
      You stand dismayed, good people, worry fearfully how the riddle will develop?--Come closer, my dears!--You served me fairly and warmly [...]
  2. (of a child or animal also) good; well-behaved
  3. (in an adress) dear

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External links[edit]

  • lieb in Duden online