zerren

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German zerren, from Old High German zerren, from Proto-Germanic *tarjaną, and hence a doublet of German zehren. The geminated -rr- is irregular and probably intensive (compare the same in Middle Low German terren, Middle Dutch terren, both alongside tēren).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtsɛrən/, [ˈtsɛʁən], [tsɛɐ̯n]
  • (file)
  • Homophone: zehren (by the monosyllabic pronunciation)

Verb[edit]

zerren (third-person singular simple present zerrt, past tense zerrte, past participle gezerrt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to tug
  2. to drag

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