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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

wijf n (plural wijven, diminutive wijfje n)

  1. (often derogatory) woman, bitch
    (Brabantian)
    Da stom wijf ij me gu lige gat!
    That bitch really took advantage of me!

Usage notesEdit

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


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, 2000
  • wijf”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929

Middle EnglishEdit

NounEdit

wijf (plural wijfs)

  1. Alternative form of wif