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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Originally part of a more elevated register, but shifted to colloquial or even vulgar usage when wc came into use. Said to derive from French plaît-il.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pleː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: plee
  • Rhymes: -eː

NounEdit

plee m (plural plees, diminutive pleetje n)

  1. (colloquial) loo, john, bathroom
    Synonyms: toilet, wc
Usage notesEdit

May be considered inappropriate in formal settings. The word was however considered polite until the early twentieth century.

Derived termsEdit

FriulianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From pleâ. Compare Italian piega.

NounEdit

plee f

  1. fold
  2. pleat

Related termsEdit


Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

plee

  1. Alternative form of ple