See also: Klauen

German edit

Etymology edit

From earlier kläuen, from Middle High German kleuen, klæwen, from Old High German klawēn, chlawēn, klawjan, from Proto-Germanic *klawjaną. Later remodelled after and related to Klaue (claw), that is “to grab with one’s claws”. The sense “to steal” originated in West Central German and Low Franconian, and is supposed to have been spread among soldiers during World War I.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈklaʊ̯ən/, /ˈklaʊ̯n/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: Klauen

Verb edit

klauen (weak, third-person singular present klaut, past tense klaute, past participle geklaut, auxiliary haben)

  1. (transitive, somewhat informal) to steal
    • 1993, “Alles nur geklaut”, performed by Die Prinzen:
      Das ist alles nur geklaut und gestohlen, nur gezogen und geraubt / Entschuldigung, das hab' ich mir erlaubt
      (please add an English translation of this quotation)
  2. (with dative) to steal from

Usage notes edit

  • Klauen is the most common word for “to steal” in colloquial German. Written standard German generally prefers stehlen, although klauen is also seen here and there.
  • The syntactical construction is identical to that of stehlen (see there).

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