See also: sau, SAU, sáu, sâu, său, s-au, sau-, and sa'u

Central FranconianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Sou (spelling variant, chiefly used for Moselle Franconian dialects)

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German .

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Sau f (plural Säu or Sei, diminutive Säuche or Seiche)

  1. (Ripuarian, western Moselle Franconian) sow; female pig
  2. (eastern Moselle Franconian) pig (male or female)

Usage notesEdit

  • The inflected forms with -äu- are Ripuarian, those with -ei- are Moselle Franconian.

SynonymsEdit


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German , from Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *sūz, from Proto-Indo-European *sū-. Cognate with English sow, Danish so.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /zaʊ̯/
  • Rhymes: -aʊ̯
  • (file)

NounEdit

Sau f (genitive Sau, plural Säue or Sauen)

  1. (archaic or dialectal) pig (male or female)
  2. sow, female pig
  3. (figuratively) a dislikable or unethical person

Usage notesEdit

  • Both plurals are roughly equally common in the concrete sense “female pig”, though Sauen is usually preferred in farmers’ and hunters’ parlance. In the figurative sense, only Säue is used.

DeclensionEdit

HypernymsEdit

Derived termsEdit


HunsrikEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Sau f (plural Sei)

  1. sow (female pig)
    Die Sau hod nein Witzje.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)

Further readingEdit


LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German , from Old High German , from Proto-Germanic *sūz. Cognate with German Sau, English sow, Icelandic sýr, Swedish so.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Sau f (plural Sai)

  1. sow (female pig)

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German Sau, Dutch zeug, English sow.

NounEdit

Sau f (plural Sei)

  1. sow (female pig)
  2. filthy person

Derived termsEdit