tapfer

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • dapfer (obsolete; predominant 15th to 17th c.)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German tapfer, from Old High German tapfar, from Proto-Germanic *dapraz.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtapfər/, [ˈtäpfɐ], [ˈtäpɸɐ]
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Adjective[edit]

tapfer (strong nominative masculine singular tapferer, comparative tapferer, superlative am tapfersten)

  1. brave, dauntless, hardy, tough (strong in the face of hardship, pain, danger)
    Synonyms: ausdauernd, beherzt, couragiert, entschlossen, furchtlos, hart, heldenhaft, heldenmütig, heroisch, kämpferisch, mannhaft, mutig, unerschrocken, wacker
    Antonyms: empfindlich, feige, memmenhaft, schwächlich, verweichlicht, wehleidig

Usage notes[edit]

  • Distinguish tapfer from mutig (courageous). The latter means the strength to endure danger, whereas tapfer is broader and means the strength to endure any kind of adverse circumstances.

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Further reading[edit]

  • tapfer” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • tapfer” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • tapfer” in Duden online