See also: zeug

GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • Zeugs (chiefly informal and pejorative)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German ziuc (stuff, gear), from Old High German giziug, from Proto-Germanic *teugą. Compare Dutch tuig (tool, gear), Old Norse tygi (gear). More at toy.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /t͡sɔʏ̯k/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /t͡sɔʏ̯ç/ (northern and central Germany; now chiefly colloquial)
  • (file)

NounEdit

Zeug n (genitive Zeugs or Zeuges, plural Zeuge)

  1. stuff, gear, equipment
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:Zeug
    Coordinate terms: Ding, Gegenstand, Sache
  2. material
    Synonym: Material
  3. fabric, clothing, clothes
    Synonym: Stoff

Usage notesEdit

  • The plural Zeuge is quite rare since Zeug is normally an uncountable word. Some compounds, however, are countable (e.g. Fahrzeug) or may be countable depending on the context (e.g. Werkzeug). An alternate obsolete plural is Zeuger.
  • Until the 19th century, Zeug was often treated as masculine by southern writers, except in the sense “fabric”, where the masculine was very rare. This usage is now obsolete and Zeug is exclusively neuter in contemporary German.

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

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