spähen

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German spehen, from Old High German spehōn, spiohōn,[1] from Proto-Germanic *spehōną (to see, look), from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ- (to look).

Cognate with Old Norse speja (to spy) ( > Danish spejde). Compare French épier and Italian spiare, both of Germanic origin. Non-Germanic cognates include Latin speciō, Avestan 𐬯𐬞𐬀𐬯𐬫𐬈𐬌𐬙𐬌 (spasyeiti) and Sanskrit पश्यति (páśyati).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

spähen (third-person singular simple present späht, past tense spähte, past participle gespäht, auxiliary haben)

  1. to peer, peek
  2. to spy

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1989), “spähen”, in Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 22nd edition, ISBN 3-11-006800-1

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