nein

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a contraction of Old High German ni ein. Compare Old English nān, from ne ān (Modern English none, further contracted to no).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /naɪ̯n/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n

Interjection[edit]

nein

  1. no
    Hast du morgen Abend Zeit? — Nein, leider nicht.
    “Do you have time tomorrow night?” — “No, unfortunately not.”

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nein, being the standard word, is acceptable in all contexts. Colloquial German has a strong tendency to prefer the alternative forms given above, however.

Antonyms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • nein” in Duden online

Hunsrik[edit]

Hunsrik cardinal numbers
 <  8 9 10  > 
    Cardinal : nein
    Ordinal : neint

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

nein

  1. nine
    Is-es schun nein Uher?
    Is it nine o'clock already?

Further reading[edit]


Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A contraction of ni + ein. Compare Old English nān.

Particle[edit]

nein

  1. no
    • c. 825, Tatian, Chapter 13, verse 20.
      [] Bist thu wīzago? inti her antlingota nein []
      [] Are you prophet? and he responded no []

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle High German: nein

References[edit]

  1. Eduard, Sievers. (1892) Tatian: Lateinisch und altdeutsch mit ausführlichem Glossar, second edition

Pennsylvania German[edit]

Pennsylvania German cardinal numbers
 <  8 9 10  > 
    Cardinal : nein
    Ordinal : neint

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German neun, Dutch negen, English nine.

Numeral[edit]

nein

  1. nine