schier

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *skīr, from Proto-Germanic *skīriz.

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schier

  1. (archaic) almost

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German[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German schir ‎(immediate, quick) (adv. schire), Old High German skeri ‎(sharp, acute, quick, rapid), likely cognate with Old Slavonic скоръ ‎(skorŭ, rapid) (Russian скорый ‎(skoryj)), Lithuanian skėrỹs ‎(grasshopper), Greek σκαίρειν ‎(skaírein, to jump).

Grimm assumes partial conflation with scheir ‎(pure, bright) (English sheer).

Adjective[edit]

schier ‎(comparative schierer, superlative am schiersten)

  1. next, adjacent, immediate, soon, sudden

Adverb[edit]

schier

  1. soon, nearly, almost
    1545: Hüter, ist die Nacht schier hin? (Luther, Isaiah 21:11)
    1545: Ich habe schier meine Augen ausgeweinet (Luther, Lamentations 2:11)

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Low German, adopted in High German in the 18th century, the High German equivalent scheir gradually falling out of use; cognate with scheuern ‎(to scour), like sheer from Proto-Germanic *skīriz ‎(pure, sheer).

Adjective[edit]

schier ‎(comparative schierer, superlative am schiersten)

  1. pure, clear, bright, sheer

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