weg

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See also: Weg, WEG, weg-, -weg, and węg.

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch weg, from Middle Dutch wech, from Old Dutch weh, weg, from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vɛχ/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

weg (plural weë)

  1. way; path

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Adverb[edit]

weg

  1. away

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wech, from Old Dutch weh, weg, from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

weg m (plural wegen, diminutive wegje n or weggetje n)

  1. way, road
  2. manner, way (figuratively)
    Waar een wil is, is een weg.
    Where there's a will, there's a way.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: weg

Adverb[edit]

weg

  1. away
  2. gone, disappeared
    Synonym: (slang) loesoe
  3. (slang) hammered
    Hij was echt weg toen.
    He was really schnockered.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Shortened from Middle High German enwec, from Old High German in weg, corresponding to modern in +‎ Weg. The first syllable is still seen in dialectal forms with e-, cf. Luxembourgish ewech. Cognate with Dutch weg, Hunsrik wech, English away.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /vɛk/ (standard)
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /vɛç/ (northern and central Germany; becoming rare for this particular word)
  • (file)

Adverb[edit]

weg

  1. away
    Geh weg!Go away!
  2. gone, not there
    Meine Tasche ist weg.My bag is gone.
    Das Rezept ist mit Knoblauch, aber du kannst ihn auch weglassen.
    The recipe is with garlic, but you can also do it without.
    (literally, “... you can also leave it away.”)
  3. (now rare) minus
    • 2007, Michael Gaidoschik, Rechenschwäche verstehen - Kinder gezielt fördern: Ein Leitfaden für die Unterrichtspraxis:
      [...] 3+5 „drei und fünf“ oder „drei plus fünf“ [...] „8-5“ als „acht weg fünf“ oder „acht weniger fünf“ oder „acht minus fünf“ [...]
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 2008, Matthias E. Jacob, Der erotische Bücherwurm: Dreizehn Geschichten aller Art, 2nd edition:
      Mathematik war das noch nicht; man sagte „und“ und „weg“ und „mal“ und „durch“. Eigentlich sollte man diese Sprachregelung wieder einführen, denn es sagt sich viel leichter „1 weg minus 2 ist 3“ als „1 minus minus 2 ist 3“.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  4. (regional, Westphalia) from
    Wo bist du denn weg?
    And you, where do you come from?
  5. (informal) unconscious; passed out
  6. (informal) hammered; so drunk as being close to unconsciousness

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Ibanag[edit]

Noun[edit]

weg

  1. brook; stream; pond

North Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian wike. Cognates include West Frisian wike.

Noun[edit]

weg m (plural wegen)

  1. (Föhr-Amrum) week
  • iansis a weg
once a week
  • iarst uun a weg, began faan a weg
beginning/start of the week
  • maden uun a weg, maden faan a weg
middle of the week
  • letst uun a weg, aanj faan a weg
middle of the week

Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *weg.

Noun[edit]

weg m

  1. way, path

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Further reading[edit]

  • weg”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wegaz.

Cognates include Old Frisian wei, Old Saxon weg, Old Dutch weg, Old High German weg, Old Norse vegr, Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌲𐍃 (wigs). Compare West Frisian wei, Dutch weg, Icelandic vegur, Faroese vegur, Danish vej, Norwegian vei, and Swedish väg, which are all still the main word for both "way" and "road" in their respective languages.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

weġ m (nominative plural wegas)

  1. way
  2. road

Usage notes[edit]

  • Weġ means "way" as in "path, road, direction, means to enter or leave a place." For "way" as in "method or manner of doing something, state or condition," the word used is wīse.

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Old High German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *weg. Cognate with Old Saxon weg, Old Dutch weg, Old English weġ, Old Norse vegr, Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌲𐍃 (wigs).

Noun[edit]

weg m (plural wega)

  1. way

Declension[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle High German: wec
    • Alemannic German: Wäg
    • Bavarian:
      Cimbrian: bèg, bege
      Mòcheno: be
    • Central Franconian: Wääch
      • Luxembourgish: Wee (from dative and plural)
      • Hunsrik: Wegh
    • German: Weg
    • Pennsylvania German: Weg
    • Yiddish: וועג(veg)

Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-West Germanic *weg, from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-.

Germanic cognates include Old English weġ (whence modern English way), Old Dutch weg, Old High German weg, Old Norse vegr, Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌲𐍃 (wigs).

Noun[edit]

weg m

  1. way; path; road

Declension[edit]


Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Low German: wech
    • Dutch Low Saxon: weg
    • German Low German: Weg
    • Plautdietsch: Wajch