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See also: -vrij



Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch vri, from Old Dutch frī, from Proto-West Germanic *frī, from Proto-Germanic *frijaz, which derives from Proto-Indo-European *preyH- (to be fond of). Related to vrijen (to love), vrijdag (friday), vriend (friend), vrouw (woman), and vrede (peace).


vrij (comparative vrijer, superlative vrijst)

  1. free; not imprisoned or enslaved.
    Ik ben geen nummer, ik ben een vrij man!I am not a number, I am a free man!
  2. free; unconstrained.
    Hij had de vrije hand over het land.He had a free hand over the land.
  3. free; unobstructed, without blockages.
    De afvoer was vrij.The drain was clear.
  4. free; without obligations.
    vrije tijdfree time
  5. off (not working)
    Ik heb twee dagen vrij gevraagd aan mijn baas.I asked my boss for two days off.
Inflection of vrij
uninflected vrij
inflected vrije
comparative vrijer
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial vrij vrijer het vrijst
het vrijste
indefinite m./f. sing. vrije vrijere vrijste
n. sing. vrij vrijer vrijste
plural vrije vrijere vrijste
definite vrije vrijere vrijste
partitive vrijs vrijers
Derived terms[edit]
  • Negerhollands: vri, vrie, fri
  • Aukan: felei
  • Caribbean Javanese: frèi, prèi, pré
  • Indonesian: prei (holiday, free, doing nothing)



  1. fairly, rather, quite, very.
    Hij is vrij betrouwbaarHe is fairly trustworthy
    De computer waarmee ik werk is vrij oud.The computer with which I work is quite old.

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. first-person singular present indicative of vrijen
  2. imperative of vrijen