aalen

See also: Aalen

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

The sense of to hunt eels derives from Aal (eel). The colloquial senses derive from the appearance of the eel and its way of moving.

PronunciationEdit

  • Hyphenation: aa‧len
  • Pronunciation: IPA(key): [ˈaːlən]
  • Homophone: Ahlen

VerbEdit

aalen (third-person singular simple present aalt, past tense aalte, past participle geaalt, auxiliary haben)

  1. to hunt eels, to go on an eel-hunt
    Bis ans Ende seiner Tage aalt John noch im See hinter seinem Haus.
    John hunted eels in the lake behind his house until the end of his days.
  2. (colloquial, reflexiv) to stretch out, especially laughing (compare rotfl)
    Beim Erzählen der alten Anekdoten aalten wir uns vor Lachen.
    ≈ As we listened to the old anecdotes, we threw our heads back, laughing.
  3. (colloquial) to relax (eg as on vacation)

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Last modified on 8 February 2014, at 15:17