wijf

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wijf, from Old Dutch *wīf, from Proto-Germanic *wībą.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wijf n (plural wijven, diminutive wijfje n)

  1. (often derogatory) woman, bitch
    (Brabantian)
    Da stom wijf ij me gu lige gat!
    That bitch really took advantage of me!

Usage notes[edit]

The diminutive of this word has an independent meaning ("female animal"). Colloquial diminutives (e.g. wijfie) often have a familiar meaning.


Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *wīf, from Proto-Germanic *wībą.

Noun[edit]

wijf n

  1. woman
  2. wife, married woman

Inflection[edit]

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • wijf”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • wijf”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

wijf (plural wijfs)

  1. Alternative form of wif