See also: Rijk



  • IPA(key): /rɛi̯k/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯k

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch rike, rijc, from Old Dutch *rīki, from Proto-West Germanic *rīkī, from Proto-Germanic *rīkijaz (mighty), from *rīks, from Proto-Celtic *rīxs (king), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃rḗǵs (king).


rijk (comparative rijker, superlative rijkst)

  1. rich
  2. wealthy
  3. abundant
Inflection of rijk
uninflected rijk
inflected rijke
comparative rijker
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial rijk rijker het rijkst
het rijkste
indefinite m./f. sing. rijke rijkere rijkste
n. sing. rijk rijker rijkste
plural rijke rijkere rijkste
definite rijke rijkere rijkste
partitive rijks rijkers
Derived termsEdit
  • Afrikaans: ryk
  • Berbice Creole Dutch: riki
  • Negerhollands: riek, rik

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle Dutch rike, from Old Dutch rīki, from Proto-West Germanic *rīkī, from Proto-Germanic *rīkiją (realm), from Proto-Celtic *rīgiom (kingdom), from *rīxs (king) (compare Irish ), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃rḗǵs (king).


rijk n (plural rijken, diminutive rijkje n)

  1. a realm, kingdom ruled by a monarch
  2. an empire under the sway of a dominant (e.g. colonial) power
  3. the state, notably in a monarchy ('the crown')
  4. a realm (major division) in biology
Derived termsEdit