nein

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Bavarian[edit]

Bavarian numbers (edit)
[a], [b], [c] ←  8 9 10  → [a], [b], [c]
    Cardinal: nein, neine

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /nɑɛ̯n/
  • IPA(key): /næːn/ (East Central, Vienna)
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Numeral[edit]

nein

  1. nine

German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German nein, 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]

Interjection[edit]

nein

  1. no
    Antonyms: ja, doch
    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.

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • nein” in Duden online
  • nein” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Hunsrik[edit]

Hunsrik numbers (edit)
90
 ←  8 9 10  → 
    Cardinal: nein
    Ordinal: neint

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Middle High German niun, from Old High German niun, from Proto-West Germanic *neun, from Proto-Germanic *newun.[1]

Cognate with German neun and Luxembourgish néng.

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

nein

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Piter Kehoma Boll (2021), “nein”, in Dicionário Hunsriqueano Riograndense–Português [Riograndenser Hunsrickisch–Portuguese Dictionary] (in Portuguese), 3 edition, Ivoti: Riograndenser Hunsrickisch, page 116

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Particle[edit]

nein

  1. no
    • c. 825, Tatian, Diatessaron, translation, 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, Tatian. Lateinisch und altdeutsch mit ausführlichem Glossar, 2nd ed., 1892, p. 35

Pennsylvania German[edit]

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

Etymology[edit]

Compare German neun, Dutch negen, English nine.

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

nein

  1. nine