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EtymologyEdit

Via Middle Low German flau, from Middle Dutch vlau (compare modern Dutch flauw). The Dutch word was borrowed from Old French flou (tired, weary), which is probably of Germanic origin and, if so, then cognate with German lau.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /flaʊ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊ̯

AdjectiveEdit

flau (comparative flauer, superlative am flausten)

  1. (wind) calm, weak, (almost) windless
  2. flat, weak (of commerce, interest, atmosphere)
  3. (in certain constructions) dizzy, nauseous, queasy
    Mir wurde flau. — “I got dizzy.”
    Mir ist flau im Magen. — “I feel nauseous.”

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Low German flau, from Dutch flauw

AdjectiveEdit

flau (masculine and feminine flau, neuter flaut, definite singular and plural flaue, comparative flauere, indefinite superlative flauest, definite superlative flaueste)

  1. flat, insipid, tasteless
  2. embarrassed, embarrassing, shamefaced
  3. (wind) light, slight

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Low German flau, from Dutch flauw

AdjectiveEdit

flau (neuter singular flautt, definite singular and plural flaue, comparative flauare, indefinite superlative flauast, definite superlative flauaste)

  1. flat, insipid, tasteless
  2. embarrassed, embarrassing, shamefaced
  3. (wind) light, slight

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