Last modified on 28 April 2015, at 21:36



Alternative formsEdit

  • kucken (reflecting the common pronunciation, but less frequent in writing)


From Middle High German gücken. Further origin uncertain. The pronunciation (and spelling) with k- is commonly explained as an influence of German Low German kieken (from Middle Low German kīken). Note, however, that this pronunciation reaches far to the south (compare Luxembourgish kucken).


  • IPA(key): /ˈɡʊkən/ (official standard; still regionally)
  • IPA(key): /ˈkʊkən/ (more common)


gucken (third-person singular simple present guckt, past tense guckte, past participle geguckt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (regional) to look
    Warum guckst du so traurig?
    Why are you looking so sad?

Usage notesEdit

  • Gucken, along with its spelling variant kucken, is the common word for "to look" in northern and central Germany. The southern German and Austrian varieties use schauen, which is also preferred in the written standard language.



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