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  • IPA(key): /ʋuːrt/
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  • Hyphenation: woerd
  • Rhymes: -uːrt

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch woert, woort, apparently dialectal forms of *waart (whence the byform given below). Compare regional Low German Warte (drake). Further origin unknown.

Alternative forms[edit]


woerd m (plural woerden, diminutive woerdje n)

  1. drake (male duck)
    Synonyms: mannetjeseend, draak
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Dutch woert, either from Old Dutch *wurth, *wuorth or from Old Frisian wurth, from Proto-Germanic *wurþiz. Frisian origin might be suggested by the irregular -oe- and the fact that it is a coastal word. Cognate with German Wurt (man-made hill), Icelandic urð (area covered by fallen rocks).


woerd f (plural woerden, diminutive woerdje n)

  1. man-made hill or elevation (as used in low areas to protect farmhouses against flooding)