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From Middle High German schouwen, from Old High German scouwōn, from Proto-Germanic *skawwōną (to look, see, watch), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewh₁- (to heed, look, feel, take note of). Cognate with Old English scēawian (to look at, examine, show). Compare English show.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃaʊ̯ən/
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schauen (weak, third-person singular present schaut, past tense schaute, past participle geschaut, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to look (at something, at a certain location, in a certain direction)
  2. (transitive) to watch, to view
    Ich schaue gern Fußball.
    I like to watch football/soccer.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In writing, schauen is normal throughout the language area.
  • In colloquial speech, the word is commonly used in southern Germany and Austria. In northern and central Germany it is fairly rare and, to some, may sound affected.



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Further reading[edit]

  • schauen” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • schauen” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • schauen” in Duden online
  • schauen” in