zwo

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German zwō, from Proto-Germanic *tw(a)ōz (see *twai), from Proto-Indo-European. Zwo is originally the feminine form, but is now used as a variant of zwei without gender distinction. Compare, however, Luxembourgish zwou, which is still a feminine form of zwéin. The same is true of some German dialects, e.g. in Switzerland. More at two.

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zwo

  1. two

Usage notes[edit]

  • Zwei is the usual German word for "two", but zwo is sometimes used as more clearly distinguishable from drei ‎(three), especially over the telephone and in military parlance. Outside of these contexts, it is used chiefly in southern Germany and Austria.

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External links[edit]

  • zwo in Duden online