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Alemannic GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Low Alemannic:)
    • (Upper Rhine Alemannic:)
      • (Basel German:) Wasser
      • (Alsatian:) Wasser (Wâsser, Wàsər)

NounEdit

Wasser n

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • Wörterbuch der elsässischen Mundarten
  • Rudolf Suter, Baseldeutsch-Grammatik (1976): s Wasser

Central FranconianEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Waßer (native in most dialects; now archaic in many)

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German wazzar. The use of -a- instead of the expected -ā- is influenced by standard German.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Wasser n (plural Wasser, diminutive Wässerche)

  1. (many dialects) water
    Dat Wasser vun Kölle es jot.
    The water of Cologne is good. (Line from a Bläck Fööss song.)

GermanEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. Compare Low German Water, Dutch and English water, Danish vand.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

Wasser n (genitive Wassers, plural Wasser or Wässer, diminutive Wässerchen n or Wässerlein n)

  1. water
  2. an alcoholic beverage, similar to brandy, made from fermented fruit

Usage notesEdit

  • Both plural forms are infrequent. Unchanged Wasser is used as a purely emphatic plural: die Wasser des Rheins – "the waters of the Rhine". Wässer is used as an actual plural meaning different kinds of water (or brandy): teure und preiswerte Wässer – "expensive and inexpensive [table] waters". However, Wässer is also used emphatically in some compound words such as Abwässer (waste water) and Schmutzwässer (dirty water).

DeclensionEdit

Plural Wasser

Plural Wässer

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit


Pennsylvania GermanEdit

Rhine FranconianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

NounEdit

Wasser ?

  1. (many dialects, including Palatine) water

ReferencesEdit

  • Verse und Reime eines alten Pfälzers, in pfälzischer Mundart (1864): guts Wasser

UnserdeutschEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

NounEdit

Wasser

  1. water

ReferencesEdit

  • 1991, Language and Linguistics in Melanesia: Inclusive/exclusive 'we': (a) Uns bis neben Salz-wasser. / we IN are next to salt water / 'We're next to the ocean.'