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EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German spüelen, from Old High German *spuolen (attested in Old High German irspuolen (to wash)), from Proto-Germanic *spōlijaną.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃpyːln̩/, /ˈʃpyːlən/
  • (file)
  • (file)

VerbEdit

spülen (third-person singular simple present spült, past tense spülte, past participle gespült, auxiliary haben)

  1. to rinse
  2. to do the dishes, wash up, wash
  3. (figuratively) to wash, to sweep
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 34/2010, page 19:
      Die Mehreinnahmen, die der rasante Wirtschaftsaufschwung in die Staatskasse spülen wird, sind konjunkturell bedingt nur vorübergehend.
      Due to the nature of business cycles, the additional revenues which the rapid economic upturn will sweep into the government's coffers will only be transient.
  4. to flush (the toilet)

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