wie

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See also: wîe

Dutch[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. (interrogative and relative) who

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German hweo, hwio, instrumental case of hwer, hwaz, itself from Proto-Germanic *hwaz, *hwat. Compare Yiddish ווי(vi), English why.

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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.

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Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. who

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Middle Low German[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

wie

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

Old Dutch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. we

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: wie

Plautdietsch[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wie

  1. we
    Wäa wie sent.
    Who we are.

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Polish[edit]

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Verb[edit]

wie

  1. third-person singular present of wiedzieć