DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch wijf, from Old Dutch wīf, from Proto-Germanic *wībą.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʋɛi̯f/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: wijf
  • Rhymes: -ɛi̯f

NounEdit

wijf n (plural wijven, diminutive wijfje n)

  1. (often derogatory) woman, potentially being as pejorative as bitch
    (Brabantian) Da stom wijf ij me gu lige gat!
    That bitch really took advantage of me!
  2. (often derogatory) babe, broad

Usage notesEdit

The diminutive of this word has an independent meaning (“female animal”). Colloquial diminutives (e.g. wijfie) often have a familiar meaning.

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Afrikaans: wyf

Middle DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Dutch wīf, from Proto-Germanic *wībą.

NounEdit

wijf n

  1. woman
  2. wife, married woman

InflectionEdit

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • “wijf”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek[1], 2000
  • Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J., “wijf”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek[2], The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1885–1929, →ISBN

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wijf (plural *wijve)

  1. Alternative spelling of wif