tief

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German tief, tiuf, from Old High German tiuf.

Compare Low German deep, Dutch diep, English deep, Danish dyb, Norwegian dyp, Icelandic djúpur.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tiːf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːf

Adjective[edit]

tief (comparative tiefer, superlative am tiefsten)

  1. (also figuratively) deep
    Wie tief ist das Wasser?How deep is the water?
    Sie hat ein tiefes Verständnis der russischen Kultur.She has a deep understanding of Russian culture.
  2. low (situated close to, or below, the ground)
    Du hast das Bild zu tief gehängt.You hung the picture too low.
  3. (figuratively, Switzerland) low (small, not high in amount or quantity, value, etc.)
    Synonym: niedrig
    tiefere Abgabenlower taxes


Usage notes[edit]

German niedrig is a more generally applicable translation of English low. Tief can cover the meaning of niedrig in many contexts, but not vice versa.

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Further reading[edit]

  • tief” in Duden online

Old Frisian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tiēf m

  1. Old West Frisian form of thiāf

References[edit]

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 115