würdig

See also: -würdig

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Würde +‎ -ig. Compare English worthy.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈvʏrdɪç/, /ˈvʏɐ̯dɪç/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ˈvʏrdɪk/, /ˈvʏɐ̯dɪk/ (common form in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland)
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  • Hyphenation: wür‧dig

AdjectiveEdit

würdig (strong nominative masculine singular würdiger, comparative würdiger, superlative am würdigsten)

  1. (often with genitive or dative object, or an infinitive clause) worthy (of)
    Bevor du meine Tochter heiratest, musst du dich als würdig erweisen.
    Before you marry my daughter, you must prove yourself worthy.
    Sein Verhalten ist eines Familienvaters nicht würdig.
    His behaviour is beneath the dignity of a family man.
    Sind Sie würdig, den heiligen Kelch zu halten?
    Are you worthy of holding the sacred chalice?
    Vergiss ihn. Er ist deiner nicht würdig.
    Forget him. He's not worthy of you.
  2. honourable, dignified
    Die würdigen Herren betraten den Saal.
    The honourable gentlemen entered the hall.

Usage notesEdit

In formal Standard German, würdig is usually construed with a genitive object (eines Familienvaters würdig), and a dative object may be perceived as incorrect. However, the dative is often preferred in less formal style (einem Familienvater würdig). Oftentimes, though, the colloquial language will simply avoid this phrasing altogether.

DeclensionEdit

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Further readingEdit

  • würdig” in Duden online
  • würdig” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache