Last modified on 20 October 2014, at 07:24
See also: móin and möin

GermanEdit

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EtymologyEdit

The etymology isn't clear. It stems possibly from German Low German moi, moie, moien, meaning 'nice', 'bright' or 'shiny', from Middle Low German, thus meaning would be '(have a) good one'. This would explain the pronunciation with /ŋ/ in some areas, which would stem from regular inflection of Low German moi. It is also possible that this word is a borrowing from a Frisian language, which would explain the vowel squence /ɔːɪ/, which does not naturally occur in almost every Low German dialect. Should this word be a Frisian borrowing, it is likely that it was later conflated with the Low German word moi (/moːɪ/).

PronunciationEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • moin moin (might be perceived as foreign or artificial in some regions, e.g. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

InterjectionEdit

moin

  1. (colloquial, Northern Germany) hi

Low GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

The etymology isn't clear. It stems possibly from moi, moie, moien, meaning 'nice', 'bright' or 'shiny', from Middle Low German, thus meaning would be '(have a) good one'. This would explain the pronunciation with /ŋ/ in some areas, which would stem from regular inflection of Low German moi. It is also possible that this word is a borrowing from a Frisian language, which would explain the vowel squence /ɔːɪ/, which does not naturally occur in almost every Low German dialect. Should this word be a Frisian borrowing, it is likely that it was later conflated with the Low German word moi (/moːɪ/).

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

moin

  1. Eye dialect spelling of moi. (several inflections)
  2. (informal) hi