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Alemannic GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German schier, from Old High German skiaro (fast, immediately). Cognate with German schier.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

schier

  1. almost, nearly

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch *skīr, from Proto-Germanic *skīriz.

PronunciationEdit

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AdverbEdit

schier

  1. (archaic) almost

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle High German schir (immediate, quick) (adv. schire), Old High German skeri (sharp, acute, quick, rapid), likely cognate with Old Slavonic скоръ (skorŭ, rapid) (Russian скорый (skoryj)), Lithuanian skėrỹs (grasshopper), Greek σκαίρειν (skaírein, to jump).

Grimm assumes partial conflation with scheir (pure, bright) (English sheer).

AdjectiveEdit

schier (comparative schierer, superlative am schiersten)

  1. next, adjacent, immediate, soon, sudden
DeclensionEdit

AdverbEdit

schier

  1. soon, nearly, almost
    1545: Hüter, ist die Nacht schier hin? (Luther, Isaiah 21:11)
    1545: Ich habe schier meine Augen ausgeweinet (Luther, Lamentations 2:11)

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Etymology 2Edit

From Low German, adopted in High German in the 18th century, the High German equivalent scheir gradually falling out of use; cognate with scheuern (to scour), like sheer from Proto-Germanic *skīriz (pure, sheer).

AdjectiveEdit

schier (comparative schierer, superlative am schiersten)

  1. pure, clear, bright, sheer
  2. (of meat) without bones, fat, or tendons

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