See also: Tief

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German tief, tiuf, from Old High German tiuf.

Compare Low German deep, Dutch diep, English deep, Danish dyb, Norwegian dyp, Icelandic djúpur.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /tiːf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːf

AdjectiveEdit

tief (comparative tiefer, superlative am tiefsten)

  1. (also figuratively) deep
    Wie tief ist das Wasser?How deep is the water?
    Sie hat ein tiefes Verständnis der russischen Kultur.She has a deep understanding of Russian culture.
  2. low (situated close to, or below, the ground)
    Du hast das Bild zu tief gehängt.You hung the picture too low.
  3. (figuratively, Switzerland) low (small, not high in amount or quantity, value, etc.)
    Synonym: niedrig
    tiefere Abgabenlower taxes


Usage notesEdit

German niedrig is a more generally applicable translation of English low. Tief can cover the meaning of niedrig in many contexts, but not vice versa.

DeclensionEdit

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Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • tief” in Duden online

Old FrisianEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tiēf m

  1. Old West Frisian form of thiāf

ReferencesEdit

  • Bremmer, Rolf H. (2009) An Introduction to Old Frisian: History, Grammar, Reader, Glossary, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, →ISBN, page 115