schier

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Alemannic German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German schier, from Old High German skiaro (fast, immediately). Cognate with German schier.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

schier

  1. almost, nearly

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sxiːr/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: schier
  • Rhymes: -iːr

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Adverb[edit]

schier

  1. (formal) almost
  2. (obsolete) quickly
Derived terms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

schier (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, dialectal) fast, quick
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of schier
uninflected schier
inflected schiere
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial schier
indefinite m./f. sing. schiere
n. sing. schier
plural schiere
definite schiere
partitive schiers

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch schier, from Old Dutch scieri, from Proto-Germanic [Term?].

Adjective[edit]

schier (not comparable)

  1. (dialectal) neat, tidy, proper
  2. (archaic, dialectal) grey, in particular light grey
  3. (dialectal, especially of soil) infertile
  4. (dialectal, of cattle) lean, well-shaped, not fat
  5. (obsolete) white
Inflection[edit]
Inflection of schier
uninflected schier
inflected schiere
comparative
positive
predicative/adverbial schier
indefinite m./f. sing. schiere
n. sing. schier
plural schiere
definite schiere
partitive schiers
Derived terms[edit]

German[edit]

Pronunciation[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 Church Slavonic скоръ (skorŭ, rapid) (Russian скорый (skoryj)), Limburgish skėrỹs (grasshopper), Ancient 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
Declension[edit]

Adverb[edit]

schier

  1. soon, nearly, almost
    Synonyms: fast, beinahe
    • 1545, Martin Luther transl., Isaiah 21:11:
      Hüter, ist die Nacht schier hin?
    • 1545, Martin Luther transl., Lamentations 2:11:
      Ich habe schier meine Augen ausgeweinet

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
    Synonyms: bloß, rein
  2. (of meat) without bones, fat, or tendons

Declension[edit]

Further reading[edit]


German Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German schîr, from Old Saxon skīr, from Proto-Germanic *skīriz, from Proto-Indo-European *sḱēy- 'luster, gloss, shadow'.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

schier (comparative schierer, superlative schierst)

  1. pure, clear, bright, sheer
  2. clean
  3. neat, tidy
  4. pure, unmixed, unblended
  5. (together with maken) finished, disposed, clean

References[edit]

  • Der neue SASS: Plattdeutsches Wörterbuch, Plattdeutsch - Hochdeutsch, Hochdeutsch - Plattdeutsch. Plattdeutsche Rechtschreibung, sixth revised edition (2011, →ISBN, Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster)