wie

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See also: wië and wîe

Acehnese[edit]

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Noun[edit]

wie

  1. left (direction)

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wie, from Old Dutch wie, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷos.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ʋi/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: wie
  • Rhymes: -i

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. (interrogative, subjective or objective) who, whom
    Wie is daar?
    Who’s there?
    Wie heb jij gezien?
    Whom did you see?
  2. (relative, subjective or objective) who, whom; the one who, whoever
    Wie dit leest is geletterd.
    The one who reads this is literate.
    De receptionist aan wie ik het pakket heb afgegeven, werkte er pas net.
    The receptionist to whom I handed over the parcel had only recently started working there.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: wie

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German wie, a merger of two interrelated forms: 1.) Old High German hwio, from older hwēo, from Proto-Germanic *hwaiwa; cognate with Gothic 𐍈𐌰𐌹𐍅𐌰 (ƕaiwa). 2.) Old High German hwē, hwie, from Proto-Germanic *hwē; cognate with Gothic 𐍈𐌴 (ƕē). The latter is a variant of Proto-Germanic *hwī, whence English why, and is further a fossiled instrumental case of *hwaz, *hwat (who, what). Form 1 is also related to this stem.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wie

  1. how
    Wie groß bist du?
    How tall are you?
    Ich weiß nicht, wie die Katze hereingekommen ist.
    I don't know how the cat got in.
    Wie wunderbar!
    How wonderful!

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Conjunction[edit]

wie

  1. like
    Freunde sind wie Sterne in der Nacht.
    Friends are like stars in the night.
  2. as
    Wie ihr wisst, bin ich in Dortmund aufgewachsen.
    As you know, I grew up in Dortmund.
    Ich bin so schnell wie du.
    I’m as fast as you are.
  3. (colloquial, nonstandard) than
    Der Junge ist größer wie sein Vater.
    The boy is taller than his father.
  4. (chiefly colloquial) when (referring to the past)
    Ich hab ihn gesehen, wie ich in Köln war.
    I saw him when I was in Cologne.
    Wie ich zur Tür herauskomme, steht da mein alter Schulfreund.
    When I came out the door, my old school-day friend was standing in front of me.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (when, than): als (more properly standard)

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch wie, from earlier , *hwē, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. who

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Middle Low German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. (interrogative pronoun) Alternative form of .
  2. (personal pronoun) Alternative form of .

Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier , *hwē, from Proto-Germanic *hwaz.

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. who

Alternative forms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • wie (I)”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German wie.

Adverb[edit]

wie

  1. (interrogatory) how
    Wie weess mer as es warricklich Friehyaahr iss?
    How do we know that it really is spring?

Plautdietsch[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. we
    Wäa wie sent.
    Who we are.

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Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

wie

  1. third-person singular present of wiedzieć

Saterland Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian , from Proto-Germanic *wīz, from Proto-Indo-European *wéy-, plural of *éǵh₂.

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. we