wickeln

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wickeln (to wind, wrap around), denominative of wickel, from Old High German wickilī (fibres wound around the distaff), whence modern Wickel (anything wrapped, especially a cloth around a poultice). The Old High German noun is a diminutive of wiohha (bundle of fibres, wick), whence archaic German Wieche. Eventually derived from Proto-Germanic *wīkaną (to bend).

The above Wieche is immediately cognate with Dutch wiek. Also related with Old English wēoce, whence English wick, and further with Latin vēlum (cloth, veil), Sanskrit वागुरा (vāgurā, snare, noose).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪkəln/, [ˈvɪ.kl̩n], [ˈʋɪ-], [-kəln]
  • Hyphenation: wi‧ckeln
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

wickeln (weak, third-person singular present wickelt, past tense wickelte, past participle gewickelt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to wrap, wind around, coil
  2. to swaddle (a baby); to change its nappy/diaper

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Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: wikkelen

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