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From Middle High German līp, from Old High German līb, from Proto-Germanic *lībą. Cognate with Dutch lijf (body), English life, Swedish liv (life, waist).



Leib m (genitive Leibes or Leibs, plural Leiber, diminutive Leibchen n)

  1. (dated, literary or religious) body
    Das ist mein Leib, der für euch hingegeben wird.
    This is my body, which is given for you. (Luke 22:19)
  2. (dated, literary or religious) womb
    Gebenedeit ist die Frucht deines Leibes, Jesus.
    Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. (Line from the Hail Mary)
  3. (dated, literary) belly; abdomen; stomach
  4. (dated, literary) trunk; torso; especially without limbs

Usage notesEdit

  • The labels dated, literary do not necessarily apply to fixed expressions. For instance, it is still common to say nichts am Leib haben (to be naked, literally to have nothing on the body).



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Further readingEdit

  • Leib in Duden online