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Wasser

Wasser

See also: wasser, wässer, Wässer, and Wåsser

Alemannic German

Alternative forms

  • (Low Alemannic:)
    • (Upper Rhine Alemannic:)
      • (Basel German:) Wasser
      • (Alsatian:) Wasser (Wâsser, Wàsər)

Noun

Wasser n

  1. water

References

  • Wörterbuch der elsässischen Mundarten
  • Rudolf Suter, Baseldeutsch-Grammatik (1976): s Wasser

Central Franconian

Alternative forms

  • Waßer (native in most dialects; now archaic in many)

Etymology

From Old High German wazzar. The use of -a- instead of the expected -ā- is influenced by standard German.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋasʌ/

Noun

Wasser n (plural Wasser, diminutive Wässerche)

  1. (many dialects) water
    Dat Wasser vun Kölle es jot.
    The water of Cologne is good. (Line from a Bläck Fööss song.)

German

Etymology

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. Compare Low German Water, Dutch and English water, Danish vand.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈva.sɐ/

Noun

Wasser n (genitive Wassers, plural Wasser or Wässer, diminutive Wässerchen n or Wässerlein n)

  1. water
  2. an alcoholic beverage, similar to brandy, made from fermented fruit

Usage notes

  • Both plural forms are infrequent. Unchanged Wasser is used as a purely emphatic plural: die Wasser des Rheins – "the waters of the Rhine". Wässer is used as an actual plural meaning different kinds of water (or brandy): teure und preiswerte Wässer – "expensive and inexpensive [table] waters". However, Wässer is also used emphatically in some compound words such as Abwässer (waste water) and Schmutzwässer (dirty water).

Declension

Plural Wasser

Plural Wässer

Derived terms


Pennsylvania German

Etymology

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Noun

Wasser

  1. water

Rhine Franconian

Etymology

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Noun

Wasser ?

  1. (many dialects, including Palatine) water

References

  • Verse und Reime eines alten Pfälzers, in pfälzischer Mundart (1864): guts Wasser

Unserdeutsch

Etymology

From Middle High German wazzer, from Old High German wazzar, from Proto-Germanic *watōr, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥.

Noun

Wasser

  1. water

References

  • 1991, Language and Linguistics in Melanesia: Inclusive/exclusive 'we': (a) Uns bis neben Salz-wasser. / we IN are next to salt water / 'We're next to the ocean.'

wasser

wasser

See also: Wasser, wässer, Wässer, and Wåsser

German

Verb

wasser

  1. First-person singular present of wassern.
  2. Imperative singular of wassern.