See also: leib

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

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).

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NounEdit

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

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

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

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NounEdit

Leib m (plural Leiver)

  1. belly

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