See also: Meinen


Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German meinen, from Old High German meinen, from Proto-Germanic *mainijaną (to mean, think; lament).

Alternative formsEdit


  • IPA(key): /ˈmaɪ̯nən/, [ˈmaɪ̯nən], [ˈmaɪ̯nn̩]
  • (file)
  • Homophone: minen


meinen (weak, third-person singular present meint, past tense meinte, past participle gemeint, auxiliary haben)

  1. to opine, to think; to believe; to suppose
    Ich meine, das war letztes oder vorletztes Jahr.
    I think it was last year or the year before.
  2. to say; to utter; not used with nouns; not used in the imperative and rarely in the infinitive
    Entschuldige, was meintest du gerade?
    Sorry, what did you just say?
  3. to mean; to be convinced or sincere about something
    Das sagt er nicht nur, das meint er auch.
    He doesn’t just say it, he means it.
  4. to mean; to have in mind; to convey
    Was meintest du damit?
    What did you mean by that?
    Meinst du das rote oder das gelbe Haus?
    Do you mean the red or the yellow house?
  5. (now rare) to mean; to signify
    Was meint dieses Wort?
    What does this word mean?
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

Inflected form of mein.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmaɪ̯nən/, [ˈmaɪ̯nən], [ˈmaɪ̯nn̩] (standard)
  • IPA(key): /maɪ̯n/ (common, colloquial)
  • Homophone: mein (nonstandard)


meinen m sg or pl

  1. (possessive) inflection of mein:
    1. accusative masculine singular
    2. dative plural
Usage notesEdit
  • In colloquial spoken German, the masculine nominative forms mein, dein, kein, etc may not be distinguished from the accusative forms meinen, deinen, keinen etc in adjectival use. The distinction is maintained in substantival use, i.e. without a following noun.

Further readingEdit

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

Old High GermanEdit


From Proto-Germanic *mainijaną.



  1. to mean, think, name



  1. Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014