paar

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See also: Paar, påår, and Påår

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch paar

Noun[edit]

paar (plural pare)

  1. pair

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch paren

Verb[edit]

paar (present paar, present participle parende, past participle gepaar)

  1. to pair, to couple

References[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /paːr/
  • Rhymes: -aːr
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch paer, from Latin par.

Noun[edit]

paar n (plural paren, diminutive paartje n)

  1. pair, couple
  2. a few, a couple, some
    Hier hebben ze een paar van die batterijen.
    They have some of those batteries here.
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Negerhollands: paer, paar
    • Virgin Islands Creole: pa (dated, possibly from Spanish)

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

paar

  1. first-person singular present indicative of paren
  2. imperative of paren

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Paar (pair, couple).

Pronunciation[edit]

Determiner[edit]

paar (invariable)

  1. some; few; a few

Usage notes[edit]

  • This determiner can be preceded by a definite article and some other determiners: Die paar Tage sind ja schnell vorbei. (“These few days will be over soon.”) Otherwise, in standard German, paar always takes the undeclined numeral ein in front of it: Nach ein paar Tagen ist das vorbei. (“After a few days it will be over.”) In colloquial German the numeral may be left out.
  • Although literally meaning “pair, couple”, the word does not commonly refer to two items, but rather to sets from three upward. The upper limit is dependent both on absolute number and percentage: 10 out of 20 may be ein paar, as may 50 out of 1,000; whereas 50 out of 100 are unlikely to be so identified.

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Further reading[edit]

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

Latvian[edit]

Verb[edit]

paar

  1. 2nd person singular present indicative form of paart
  2. 3rd person singular present indicative form of paart
  3. 3rd person plural present indicative form of paart
  4. 2nd person singular imperative form of paart
  5. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of paart
  6. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of paart