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See also: jah and Jah

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GermanEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German gǣhe, gāch, (quick), from Old High German gāhi (sudden, quick, rash), from Proto-Germanic *ganhuz, *ganhwuz (sudden). The modern onset j- is from a Central German dialect. Other dialects have brought forward forms such as gäh, gäch or gach (obsolete in standard usage). Cognate with Dutch gauw (soon). More at gay.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /jɛː/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /jeː/ (northern and eastern Germany)
  • (file)
  • Homophone: je (nonstandard)

AdjectiveEdit

jäh (comparative jäher, superlative am jähsten or am jähesten)

  1. abrupt, sudden
  2. steep, sheer
  3. precipitous, hasty

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • jäh in Duden online