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From Middle High German tief, tiuf, from Old High German tiuf, from Proto-Germanic *deupaz, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰéwbus. Compare Low German deep, Dutch diep, English deep, Danish dyb, Norwegian dyp, Icelandic djúpur.



tief (comparative tiefer, superlative am tiefsten)

  1. deep (also figuratively)
    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
    Du hast das Bild zu tief gehängt.
    You hung the picture too low.

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