LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From early modern German Eifer, from southern Middle High German *eifer (attested in eifrære, whence German Eiferer), probably from Old High German eivar (adjective), from Proto-Germanic *aibraz. When the word spread to other dialects the German -ei- was intepreted as an underlying Middle High German -ī-; compare the same in Dutch ijver.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈæi̯feʀ/, [ˈæˑɪ̯fɐ]

NounEdit

Äifer m (uncountable)

  1. zeal, enthusiasm
  2. (dated) anger, rage

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