German edit

Etymology edit

From Middle Low German pōte. Cognate with Dutch poot. The onset pf- through secondary and inadequate adaptation to the Upper German consonantism. (The expected form of a hypothetical cognate would be *pfoße.)

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpfoːtə/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈfoːtə/ (northern Germany, central Germany)
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -oːtə
  • Hyphenation: Pfo‧te

Noun edit

Pfote f (genitive Pfote, plural Pfoten, diminutive Pfötchen n or Pfötlein n)

  1. paw (soft foot/hand of a mammal)
    Synonym: Pranke (a large paw)
  2. (informal) hand (of a human)
    Pfoten weg!Paws off!

Declension edit

Further reading edit

  • Pfote” in Duden online
  • Pfote” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache