See also: Tief

English edit

Noun edit

tief (plural tiefs or tieves)

  1. Pronunciation spelling of thief.

Verb edit

tief (third-person singular simple present tiefs, present participle tiefing, simple past and past participle tiefed)

  1. (dialect) To steal, to thieve.

German edit

Etymology edit

From Middle High German tief, tiuf, going back to Old High German tiuf, tiof, inherited through Proto-West Germanic *deup and ultimately deriving from Proto-Germanic *deupaz, from Pre-Germanic *dʰewbʰnós, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewbʰ-.

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

Pronunciation edit

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

Adjective edit

tief (strong nominative masculine singular tiefer, 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 notes edit

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.

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Adverb edit


  1. deeply, profoundly
  2. thoroughly, in depth

Further reading edit

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

Old Frisian edit

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

tiēf m

  1. Old West Frisian form of thiāf

References edit

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