nachtmerrie

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch nachtmerie, nachtmere, likened to merrie ‎(female horse) through folk etymology; the actual formation is from nachtmare. The second component is from mare ‎(incubus), from Old Dutch *mara, from Proto-Germanic *marǭ.

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nachtmerrie f ‎(plural nachtmerries, diminutive nachtmerrietje n)

  1. nightmare
    In zijn nachtmerrie kreeg de brave jongen zelf de billenkoek die vader zijn stoute broer had gegeven
    In his nightmare the good boy got the same spanking as pa had given his naughty brother

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