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GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • bös (colloquial or poetic)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German bœse, bōse, from Old High German bōsi, from Proto-Germanic *bausijaz, *bausuz (inflated, puffed up, arrogant, bad), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew-, *bew- (to blow, inflate, swell), akin to English boast and Yiddish בייז(beyz).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbøːzə/
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AdjectiveEdit

böse (comparative böser, superlative am bösesten)

  1. evil; malicious; wicked
    Synonyms: boshaft, bösartig
    Antonym: gut
    Unsere Taten können schlimme Folgen haben, selbst wenn wir keine bösen Absichten hatten.
    Our actions can have terrible consequences even if we didn’t have any evil intentions.
  2. bad; naughty
    Antonym: brav
    Böse Kinder kriegen nichts vom Sankt Nikolaus.
    Naughty children don’t get anything from St. Nicholas.
  3. (chiefly predicative) angry
    Bist du böse auf mich?Are you angry at me?
    Synonyms: sauer, verärgert

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AdverbEdit

böse

  1. nastily, evilly

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