speien

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- ‎(to spit, vomit). Compare Dutch spuwen, spugen, English spew, Danish spy.

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Verb[edit]

speien ‎(class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present speit, past tense spie, past participle gespien or gespieen, auxiliary haben)

  1. to spit
  2. (euphemistic) to vomit

Conjugation[edit]

  • The past participle currently has two different pronunciations: one corresponding to gespien and the other to gespieen. Today, though, the only official spelling is gespien, regardless of pronunciation.
  • Similary the conjunctive (subjunctive) is spelled spiee or spie. Both are pronounced [ˈʃpiːə], but only the latter spelling is official nowadays.

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