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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch idel, from Old Dutch īdil, from Proto-Germanic *īdalaz. Cognate with German eitel, English idle.

The common Dutch loss of medial -d- led to the by-forms ijl and iel, which eventually acquired different meanings.

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

ijdel (comparative ijdeler, superlative ijdelst)

  1. vain, overly proud (of one's appearance, status etc.)
  2. idle, in vain, unfounded
  3. petty, mere, insignificant, worthless

InflectionEdit

Inflection of ijdel
uninflected ijdel
inflected ijdele
comparative ijdeler
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial ijdel ijdeler het ijdelst
het ijdelste
indefinite m./f. sing. ijdele ijdelere ijdelste
n. sing. ijdel ijdeler ijdelste
plural ijdele ijdelere ijdelste
definite ijdele ijdelere ijdelste
partitive ijdels ijdelers

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