spät

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See also: spat, Spat, spaț, spať, spát, şpat, and ṣpät

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German spāti. Cognate with archaic Dutch spade (late). Probably related to sparen (to spare, conserve).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʃpɛːt/ (used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
  • IPA(key): /ʃpeːt/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
  • Rhymes: -ɛːt, -eːt
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Adjective[edit]

spät (comparative später, superlative am spätesten)

  1. late

Usage notes[edit]

  • The English phrase “I'm late” cannot be literally translated into German (*Ich bin spät). Colloquial German has Ich bin zu spät, and more formal versions are Ich komme zu spät and Ich bin verspätet.
  • The phrase Ich bin spät dran implies slight lateness or can mean that one has been delayed but may still manage to arrive on time.

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