wahr

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wār, wǣre, from Old High German wār, wāri, from Proto-Germanic *wēraz, *wērijaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁ros (true).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vaːr/, [vaː(ɐ̯)], [vaːʁ], [ʋ-]
  • (file)
  • Homophone: war

Adjective[edit]

wahr (comparative wahrer, superlative am wahrsten)

  1. true, real
    Synonym: echt
    Antonym: falsch
    Das ist wahre Liebe.This is true love.
  2. true, truthful
    Synonyms: ehrlich, wahrheitsgemäß
    Antonyms: falsch, unwahr
    Das ist ein wahres Wort.This is a truthful statement

Usage notes[edit]

  • The German word is not commonly used to mean “correct”. Thus “a true answer” is eine richtige Antwort. The phrase eine wahre Antwort would be usually be understood in the sense of “a truthful answer” (for which more often eine ehrliche Antwort).

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Further reading[edit]

  • wahr in Duden online

German Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German wâr, from Old Saxon wār, wāri, from Proto-Germanic *wēraz, *wērijaz. Cognate with German wahr, Dutch waar.

Adjective[edit]

wahr (comparative wahrer or wahrder, superlative wahrst)

  1. true

Declension[edit]