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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare dare, darest, dast.

VerbEdit

dass (third-person singular simple present dasses, present participle dassing, simple past and past participle dassed)

  1. (archaic) To dare.
    • 1890, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Timothy's Quest, page 58:
      We all looked at one 'nother, 'n' I thought for a second somebody 'd laugh, but nobody dassed, 'n' there warn'ta sound in the room 's Aunt Beccy sot down agin' without movin' a muscle in her face.
    • 1904, Henry A. Shute, Sequil Or Things Whitch Aint Finished in the First, page 8:
      Gim scrached a line in the dirt and told Will not to dass to step over it and then Will put a chip on his sholeder and told Gim not to dass to nock it off
    • 1907, Lawrence Mott, To the credit of the sea, page 72:
      "Ay, an' lost me th' ship, 'cause I'd never dassed take her wi' only twenty barrel o' bait, 'f I'd knowed th' new law. I hain't got much money, Mr. Burberry, an' there's the missils an' kiddies to house an' dress an' feed.
    • 1907, Mabel Osgood Wright, Gray lady and the birds: stories of the bird year for home and school, page 41:
      You weren't smart to refuse; you could have had a peep inside the General's house, maybe, and I don't believe she'd dassed said a word about birds on hats, with one of the company wearing 'em!
    • 1933, Sammy Lerner, theme from Popeye the Sailor:
      "If anyone dasses to risk my fist, it's Boff! and it's Wham! Understand?"

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GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • daß (older spelling)
  • daſs (older antiqua spelling used instead of daß; older fraktur spelling in Heyse's spelling)
  • dasz (obsolete)
  • dat (nonstandard, colloquial, dialectal)

EtymologyEdit

From Old High German daz, from Proto-Germanic *þat. Compare Dutch dat, English that. Distinction from das is purely orthographical convention.

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

dass

  1. (subordinating) that
    Ich habe gehört, dass du krank bist.
    I was told that you are sick.
  2. (subordinating, chiefly colloquial) so that
    Beeil dich, dass wir bald losfahren können.
    Hurry up so that we can take off soon.

Usage notesEdit

  • The acceptability and use of dass and daß has varied over the centuries. Daß was more common until at least 1871. Dass was deprecated in 1902 following the Second Orthographic Conference. (In Württemberg, Saxony and Prussia, dass had been deprecated earlier in the 19th century.)[1][2][3] Daß was more common from 1902 until it was deprecated and dass was revived by the 1996 Rechtschreibreform.

SynonymsEdit

  • (so that): damit (standard usage)

Further readingEdit

  • dass in Duden online
  1. ^ Regeln und Wörterverzeichniß für die deutsche Rechtschreibung, zum Gebrauch in den württembergischen Schulanstalten amtlich festgestellt (Stuttgart, Verlag der J. B. Metzlerschen Buchhandlung, 1861), page 12f.
  2. ^ Regeln und Wörterverzeichnis für die deutsche Rechtschreibung zum Gebrauch in den sächsischen Schulen. Im Auftrage des Königl. Ministeriums des Kultus und öffentlichen Unterrichts herausgegeben. (Generalverordnung vom 9. Oktober 1880.) (Dresden, Verlag von Alwin Huhle (Carl Adlers Buchhandlung), 1880), page 8f.
  3. ^ Regeln und Wörterverzeichnis für die deutsche Rechtschreibung zum Gebrauch in den preußischen Schulen. Herausgegeben im Auftrage des Königlichen Ministeriums der geistlichen, Unterrichts- und Medizinal-Angelegenheiten (Zweiter Neudruck. Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1883; Zweiter Neudruck. Neu durchgesehen. Berlin, Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1887), page 8f.

LuxembourgishEdit

PronunciationEdit

ConjunctionEdit

dass

  1. Alternative form of datt

Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German das Haus or Häuschen ("The (little) house", euphemistically omitting the main word (out)house).

NounEdit

dass m (definite singular dassen, indefinite plural dasser, definite plural dassene)
dass n (definite singular dasset, indefinite plural dass or dasser, definite plural dassa or dassene)

  1. (colloquial) toilet, crapper
  2. (derogatory) a jerk
    Din dass!You jerk!

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From German das Haus or Häuschen ("The (little) house").

NounEdit

dass m (definite singular dassen, indefinite plural dassar, definite plural dassane)
dass n (definite singular dasset, indefinite plural dass, definite plural dassa)

  1. (colloquial) toilet

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Contraction of German “das Haus” (the house)

NounEdit

dass n

  1. (colloquial) a toilet, an outhouse; in particular used about toilets outdoors

DeclensionEdit

Declension of dass 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative dass dasset dass dassen
Genitive dass dassets dass dassens

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