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The Austrian form Schwiegerschwager is from schwieger- "-in-law" and Schwager "brother-in-law". The element schwipp- of Schwippschwager is of unclear origin but may be partially related to schwieger-.

The schwieger- prefix is used in Austria and Germany in Schwiegermutter "mother-in-law", Schwiegervater "father-in-law", Schwiegersohn "son-in-law", and Schwiegertochter "daughter-in-law".


Schwippschwager m (genitive Schwippschwagers, no plural, female Schwippschwägerin)

  1. co-brother-in-law: the brother-in-law of one's spouse; that is, the husband of one's sister-in-law (one's spouse's sister's husband), or, the brother of one spouse in relation to the siblings of the other spouse.
    (in the plural) The relationship between two people who marry siblings: Men whose wives are sisters, etc.
  2. co-brother-in-law: the brother of one's brother-in-law or sister-in-law; that is, one's sibling's spouse's brother (one's sister's husband's brother or one's brother's wife's brother).
    (in the plural) The relationship between two people whose siblings are married to each other: Men whose brother and sister are married, etc.

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