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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *þiustrijaz (dark, without light). Akin to Old High German dinstar, Dutch duister, Icelandic þjóstur. See also the native German term finster.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdyːstər/
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  • Hyphenation: düs‧ter; before the 1996 reform: dü‧ster

AdjectiveEdit

düster (comparative düsterer or düstrer, superlative am düstersten)

  1. cheerless, melancholy, somber
  2. dark, obscure

Usage notesEdit

The contracted comparative düstrer is per se rare, but more commonly seen in the inflected forms, e.g. düstrere, düstrerer (in order to avoid the three reduced syllables and reduplication in düsterere, düstererer).

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German Low GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Middle Low German dü̂ster, akin to Old High German dinstar

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

düster

  1. dark, obscure
  2. cheerless, melancholy, somber
  3. of no good intention, evil