schlimm

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German slimp (slanting, awry), from Proto-Germanic *slimbaz (oblique, crooked). Compare English slim (thin), Dutch slim (clever, smart), Middle Dutch slim (bad, crooked).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃlɪm/
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AdjectiveEdit

schlimm (strong nominative masculine singular schlimmer, comparative schlimmer, superlative am schlimmsten)

  1. bad, terrible, serious (seriously bad), dire, horrible, awful
    noch schlimmereven worse
    Am schlimmsten...Worst of all...
    Das Schlimmste an...The worst thing about...
  2. hurting, ill, infected
    ein schlimmer Fußan aching foot

Usage notesEdit

  • Schlecht and schlimm are widely synonymous. However, schlecht is used more of things that are objectively bad, while schlimm is more subjective and therefore perhaps also more intensive.

DeclensionEdit

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AdverbEdit

schlimm

  1. badly, severely

See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

  • schlimm” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • schlimm” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • schlimm” in Duden online

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German schlimm, Dutch slim, English slim.

AdjectiveEdit

schlimm

  1. bad
  2. sad
  3. serious, grave
  4. very ill