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gemutlich

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EtymologyEdit

From German gemütlich (comfortable, cozy, genial, pleasant), from Middle High German gemüetlich, from gemüet (mind, mentality) + -lich (-ly), equivalent to Gemüt (mind, soul) +‎ -lich (-ly). More at mood, -ly.

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gemutlich (comparative more gemutlich, superlative most gemutlich)

  1. Comfortable, cozy, snug, pleasant.
    1964, Nation, Issues 135-159[1], edition Digitized, Nation Review, published 2011, page 98:
    However, to any Nation readers who think that gemutlich is not “a living word" I am glad to be able to inform them that Harold Nicolson in his volume Good Behaviour has a whole chapter on Gemutlichkeit, ...
    1973, Edward G. Robinson, Leonard Spigelgass, All My Yesterdays, edition Digitized, Autobiography, Hawthorn Books, published 2008, page 80:
    …and there's always a buzz of conversation and somebody's playing the piano, and it's gemutlich. / To one of those particularly gemutlich evenings I invited a stockbroker who lived in Guilford, and he arrived with a lady named Gladys Lloyd.
  2. Friendly, genial, cheerful, easy-going.
    1997 January 26, Judith Miller, “FILM: Making Money Abroad, And Also a Few Enemies”, New York Times, New York:
    The censors cut one in which Judd Hirsch, who plays Mr. Goldblum's gemutlich, Yiddish-spouting father,

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