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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German fîn. Compare Modern English fine, from Middle English fin via an Anglo-Norman root from Old French fin ("fine, delicate"), ultimately deriving from Latin finitus ("finished", the perfect passive participle of fīniō, fīnīre ("to finish; to limit; to appoint"). See also Italian finire and Modern French fin and finir.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /faɪ̯n/
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n
  • (file)

AdjectiveEdit

fein (comparative feiner, superlative am feinsten)

  1. fine (not rough, coarse, or thick)
    sehr feines Mehlvery fine flour
    ein feiner Sinna fine sense
  2. (dated, except in certain expressions) fine; very good; as it should be
    ein feiner Kerla fine young man
  3. refined; posh; fancy
    ein feines Restauranta fancy restaurant
  4. (with zu and often reflexive dative) too good; not willing to do something or associate with it because one thinks it beneath one.
    Er ist (sich) zu fein zum Abwaschen.
    He thinks himself too good for doing the dishes.
    Er ist (sich) zu fein für uns.
    He thinks himself too good for our company.

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Entry fein in Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm at woerterbuchnetz.de

Entry fîn in Mittelhochdeutsches Handwörterbuch von Matthias Lexer at woerterbuchnetz.de

Further readingEdit

  • fein in Duden online

PlautdietschEdit

AdjectiveEdit

fein

  1. nice, good, fine

RomanschEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Puter, Vallader) fain
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) fagn

EtymologyEdit

From Latin faenum.

NounEdit

fein m

  1. (Sursilvan) hay

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan) fanar