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From Middle Dutch wēgen, from Old Dutch *wegan, from Proto-West Germanic *wegan.


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  1. to rock, to sway


Inflection of wiegen (weak)
infinitive wiegen
past singular wiegde
past participle gewiegd
infinitive wiegen
gerund wiegen n
present tense past tense
1st person singular wieg wiegde
2nd person sing. (jij) wiegt wiegde
2nd person sing. (u) wiegt wiegde
2nd person sing. (gij) wiegt wiegde
3rd person singular wiegt wiegde
plural wiegen wiegden
subjunctive sing.1 wiege wiegde
subjunctive plur.1 wiegen wiegden
imperative sing. wieg
imperative plur.1 wiegt
participles wiegend gewiegd
1) Archaic.

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  • Berbice Creole Dutch: wigi
  • Negerhollands: wieg



  • IPA(key): /ˈviːɡən/, [ˈviː.ɡŋ̍], [ˈʋiː-], [-ɡən]
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  • Hyphenation: wie‧gen
  • Rhymes: -iːɡn̩

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle High German wigen, a north-western variant of wegen, from generalisation of the latter's present singular forms (wige, wiges, wiget). Further from Old High German wegan, from Proto-West Germanic *wegan.

Cognate with Luxembourgish weien, Dutch wegen, English weigh, Danish veje, Icelandic vega.

The original e-form is preserved in the doublet wägen, which is now chiefly restricted to figurative senses and derivatives (abwägen, erwägen). Moreover, bewegen is partly from the same verb, partly from the causative (Proto-Germanic *wagjaną).


wiegen (class 2 strong, third-person singular present wiegt, past tense wog, past participle gewogen, past subjunctive wöge, auxiliary haben)

  1. (intransitive) to weigh; to be of a certain weight
  2. (usually transitive) to weigh; to measure the weight of
    Vom Wiegen wird die Sau nicht fett - The sow does not get fat from being weighed (You don't change a thing by checking it again)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle High German wigen, from wige (cradle) (modern Wiege).


wiegen (weak, third-person singular present wiegt, past tense wiegte, past participle gewiegt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive or reflexive) to move (something) from side to side; to sway; to shake; to rock
    Das Kind in den Schlaf wiegenrock the child to sleep
    Jemanden in Sicherheit wiegenfeigning security to someone
  2. (transitive) to chop (e.g. herbs); to mince
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