See also: alter, älter, and alter-

GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (most of Germany, some of Austria) IPA(key): /ˈaltər/, [ˈʔältʰɐ], [ˈʔaltʰɐ], [ˈʔɑltɑ]
  • (Switzerland, some of Germany and Austria) IPA(key): /ˈaltər/, [ˈʔɑltər]
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German alter, from Old High German altar, from Proto-Germanic *aldrą. Cognate with German Low German Oller.

NounEdit

Alter n (genitive Alters, plural Alter)

  1. age, old age
    • 1834, Rahel. Ein Buch des Andenkens für ihre Freunde. Erster Theil, Berlin, p. 275:
      Sie sind Eines Alters [...]
      They are of the same age [...]
  2. antiquity
  3. epoch, age
DeclensionEdit
Derived termsEdit
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DescendantsEdit
  • Luxembourgish: Alter

See alsoEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Nominalization of adjective alt.

NounEdit

Alter m (genitive Alten, plural Alte, female Alte)

  1. nominalization of alt (someone or something old or bygone)
  2. old man; old person (male or of unspecified sex)
  3. (colloquial) mate, bloke (UK); dude, guy (US); a somewhat intimate or mildly dismissive word for a man, especially but not exclusively used as a vocative
    Synonym: (regional) Keule
    Alter! Komm zurück, wir müssen hier links.Dude! Come back, we need to go left here.
    Haste ma ’n Euro für was zu essen, Alter?You got a euro for summat to eat, mate? (by a homeless person)
    Wenn irgendso’n Alter hier Ärger macht, schmeiß ihn gleich raus.If some bloke acts up in here, kick him right out.
    Ihr Alter hat sie sitzen lassen.Her guy jilted her.
DeclensionEdit

InterjectionEdit

Alter

  1. (colloquial, chiefly slang) man, dude, mate; used for emphasis
    Alter, was denn hier los?
    Man, what’s going on in here?
Usage notesEdit
  • This use is derived from the word for a man above and is not always clearly distinguishable from it. It is more marked as slang, however, and is also quite common when addressing a female (the latter part in line with the more usual synonym Mann).
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

Alter f

  1. inflection of Alte:
    1. strong genitive/dative singular
    2. strong genitive plural

Further readingEdit

  • Alter” in Duden online
  • Alter” in Duden online

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German Alter n. The masculine gender, though existing dialectally in German, is probably triggered by French âge.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈalteʀ/, [ˈɑltɐ]

NounEdit

Alter m (plural Alteren)

  1. age
  2. old age