GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German gemein, from Old High German gimeini, from Proto-Germanic *gamainiz. Cognate with Old English gemǣne, English mean, Dutch gemeen, Swedish gemen and Norwegian gemen.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡəˈmaɪ̯n/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ̯n

AdjectiveEdit

gemein (comparative gemeiner, superlative am gemeinsten)

  1. mean, base, nasty, cruel, wicked, vile, vicious, ugly, rotten, awful
  2. common

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AdverbEdit

gemein

  1. (colloquial) wicked, beastly, awfully, awful
    Es ist gemein kalt heute draußen.It's wicked cold outside today.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kluge, Friedrich (1989) , Elmar Seebold, editor, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache [Etymological dictionary of the German language] (in German), 22nd edition, →ISBN

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