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From Old High German snīdan, from Proto-Germanic *snīþaną (to cut), from Proto-Indo-European *sneyt- (to cut). Cognate with Dutch snijden (to cut, carve, intersect), Low German snieden (to cut), dialectal English snithe (to cut), Swedish snida (to carve, engrave), Icelandic sníða (to trim, tailor).


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃnaɪ̯dn̩/, /ˈʃnaɪ̯dən/
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schneiden (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present schneidet, past tense schnitt, past participle geschnitten, past subjunctive schnitte, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive) to cut; to carve; to slice
  2. (transitive) to pare; to clip; to mow; to prune; to trim
  3. (transitive, driving, figuratively) to cut (someone) off; to cut in on (someone)
  4. (transitive, film) to edit
  5. (transitive or reflexive) to intersect
    Die beiden Geraden schneiden sich. — “Both streets intersect.”
  6. (reflexive) to cut (oneself)
  7. (reflexive, colloquial) to delude (oneself); to become mistaken
  8. to avoid somebody (to cut someone)


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