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16th century; derived from Middle High German schrage (grid of items arranged crosswise, e.g. of wooden pegs), which is cognate with Dutch schraag and probably related with schränken (to arrange crosswise), Schranke (gate, barrier). Older derivatives are Middle High German schregen (to have crooked legs; to walk in a slanted manner), Old High German scregihōrī (state of being slanted).


  • IPA(key): /ʃʁɛːk/ (prescriptive standard; south-western Germany, Switzerland; also west-central Germany)
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  • IPA(key): /ʃʁeːk/ (south-eastern Germany, Austria; also northern and east-central Germany)
  • IPA(key): /ʃʁɛːç/ (west-central Germany; now chiefly colloquial)
  • IPA(key): /ʃʁeːç/ (northern and east-central Germany; now chiefly colloquial)


schräg (comparative schräger, superlative am schrägsten)

  1. oblique; slanted (neither parallel nor at a right angle to some implied line)
  2. (informal) strange; weird; awkward


Related terms[edit]


  • Hungarian: srég

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Further reading[edit]

  • schräg” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • schräg” in Duden online