See also: -frei, Frei, freí, and fréi

GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German vrî, Old High German frî, from Proto-West Germanic *frī. Compare Dutch vrij, English free, Danish fri.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fʁaɪ̯/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯

AdjectiveEdit

frei (strong nominative masculine singular freier, comparative freier, superlative am freiesten or am freisten)

  1. free; unenslaved; unimprisoned
    Antonym: unfrei
  2. free; unrestricted; more negative also: unrestrained; licentious
    Synonyms: ungezwungen, ungebunden
  3. unblocked; free for passage
  4. independent; unaffiliated
  5. (with von) free of (not containing or unaffected by)
    • Friedrich Karl Kasimir, Freiherr von Creuz, Neujahrsgedanken (from: Die geistliche Dichtung von Luther bis Klopstock. Ausgewählt von Paul Pressel. Einzelausgabe der evangelischen Volksbibliothek. Herausgegeben von Dr. Klaider, Stuttgart, 1864, page 933):
      Wer schläft und ist von Sorgen freier?
      Der Tod belauscht die stille Nacht
      So wie des Nilstroms Ungeheuer
      Des Ufers Schilf unsicher macht.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
  6. (not freely applicable) liberal
    Synonyms: liberal, freiheitlich
  7. (not freely applicable; see usage notes) free of charge, gratis
    Synonyms: kostenlos, gratis

Usage notesEdit

  • Frei can mean “free of charge” only in the context of public services, e.g. freie Krankenversorgung ("free medical care"), and in some fixed expressions such as Freibier (free beer) or freie Kost und Logis (free board and lodge). Otherwise, kostenlos should be used.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Romanian: frai

Further readingEdit

  • frei” in Duden online
  • frei” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

LuxembourgishEdit

VerbEdit

frei

  1. second-person singular imperative of freien

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German vrī, from Old High German frī. Compare German frei, Dutch vrij, English free.

AdjectiveEdit

frei

  1. free
  2. exempt
  3. clear

PortugueseEdit

PronunciationEdit

 
  • IPA(key): (Portugal) /ˈfɾɐj/, [ˈfɾɐj]
    • IPA(key): (Central Portugal) /ˈfɾej/, [ˈfɾej]
    • IPA(key): (Southern Portugal) /ˈfɾe/, [ˈfɾe]

  • Hyphenation: frei

NounEdit

frei m (plural freis)

  1. Alternative form of freire
    Frei Luís de Sousa
    Brother Luís de Sousa.

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English frēo.

AdjectiveEdit

frei (comparative freier, superlative freiist)

  1. (South Scots, archaic) free

Sranan TongoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English fly.

VerbEdit

frei

  1. fly

NounEdit

frei

  1. wing

WestrobothnianEdit

VerbEdit

frei

  1. Alternative spelling of frij.