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From Middle High German trīben, from Old High German trīban, from Proto-Germanic *drībaną, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreybʰ- (to drive, push). Cognate with Low German drieven, Dutch drijven, English drive, Danish drive, Swedish driva. More at drive.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtʀaɪ̯bm̩/, /ˈtʀaɪ̯bən/
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  • Hyphenation: trei‧ben


treiben (class 1 strong, third-person singular simple present treibt, past tense trieb, past participle getrieben, past subjunctive triebe, auxiliary haben or sein)

  1. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to drive (e.g. livestock); to propel; to force
  2. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to put forth; to produce; to sprout
  3. (transitive, figurative, auxiliary: “haben”) to urge
  4. (transitive, vulgar, slang, auxiliary: “haben”) to fuck
  5. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to drift; to float about
  6. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to sprout
  7. (transitive) to do, to get up to
    Was treibst du denn so den ganzen Tag?
    What do you get up to all day?


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Further reading[edit]

  • treiben in Duden online
  • treiben” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache