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  • IPA(key): /vreːf/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: wreef
  • Rhymes: -eːf

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch wrijch (instep), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wrīha(n)-. Most likely influenced by the Dutch verb wrijven (to rub). Cognate with Old High German rīho (knee; back of knee), from which dialectal German Reihen (instep).


wreef f (plural wreven, diminutive wreefje n)

  1. the arched part of the top of the foot between the toes and the ankle; instep
    • 2004, Marjon van Royen, De nacht van de schreeuw. Een ongewone vriendschap tussen twee vrouwen in Mexico:
      Mevrouw Lykari heeft met haar naaldhak op mijn wreef gestampt.
      Mrs Lykari stamped on my instep with her stiletto heel.

Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.



  1. singular past indicative of wrijven