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Etymology

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From Proto-West Germanic *smakkijan (to taste), from * Proto-West Germanic *smakku (a taste), from Proto-Indo-European *smegʰ-, *smeg- (to taste). Compare English smack and smatch, as well as Lithuanian smagù (cheerful, enjoyable, pleasant).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): [ˈʃmɛkn̩], [ˈʃmɛkŋ̩]
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  • Rhymes: -ɛkn̩

Verb

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schmecken (weak, third-person singular present schmeckt, past tense schmeckte, past participle geschmeckt, auxiliary haben)

  1. (copulative, often with nach (like)) to taste (good, bad, sweet, salty, etc.)
    Das Bier schmeckt sehr gut.
    The beer tastes very good.
    Igitt, dieser Wein schmeckt nach Essig.
    Yuck, this wine tastes like vinegar.
  2. to enjoy (the taste of something)
    Hat es geschmeckt?
    Did you enjoy it (the food)?
  3. (intransitive, sometimes with dative) to taste good
    Igitt! Das schmeckt nicht.
    Yuck! That tastes bad.

Conjugation

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Derived terms

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Further reading

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  • schmecken” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • schmecken” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • schmecken” in Duden online
  • schmecken” in OpenThesaurus.de