schlimm

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German slimp (slanting, awry), from Proto-Germanic *slimbaz (oblique, crooked). Compare English slim (thin), Dutch slim (clever, smart), Middle Dutch slim (bad, crooked).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃlɪm/
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Adjective[edit]

schlimm (comparative schlimmer, superlative am schlimmsten)

  1. bad, terrible, serious (seriously bad), dire, horrible, awful
    noch schlimmereven worse
    Am schlimmsten...Worst of all...
    Das Schlimmste an...The worst thing about...
  2. hurting, ill, infected
    ein schlimmer Fußan aching foot

Usage notes[edit]

  • Schlecht and schlimm are widely synonymous. However, schlecht is used more of things that are objectively bad, while schlimm is more subjective and therefore perhaps also more intensive.

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Adverb[edit]

schlimm

  1. badly, severely

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German schlimm, Dutch slim, English slim.

Adjective[edit]

schlimm

  1. bad
  2. sad
  3. serious, grave
  4. very ill