DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋeː.zə(n)/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: we‧zen
  • Rhymes: -eːzən

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-West Germanic *wesan, from Proto-Germanic *wesaną. See zijn.

NounEdit

wezen n (plural wezens, diminutive wezentje n)

  1. A being, creature
  2. (as the second part of a compound noun) system, sector, institution (in an abstract sense)
  3. (used absolutely, with definite article or possessive determiner) The essence of something
    Zijn vloek had haar in haar diepste wezen geraakt.His curse had hit her in her deepest core.
Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

wezen

  1. (only as the infinitive) Alternative form of zijn
    Je hoeft echt niet boos te wezen.
    There's really no need to be upset.
  2. (with postpositioned jullie) imperative plural of zijn
    Wezen jullie niet bang!
    Don’t you guys be afraid!
Derived termsEdit
DescendantsEdit
  • Afrikaans: wees
  • Jersey Dutch: wêze
  • Negerhollands: wees, wis

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

wezen

  1. Plural form of wees

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

wezen

  1. plural past indicative and subjunctive of wijzen