The German language is very flexible. This manifests itself both in the flexible syntax and in the many possibilities that the German language offers for creating new words and combining existing words and syllables.
The creativity of the German language can also be seen in all its splendour in the following, admittedly quite strange 21 German words.
What is the meaning of Bimbam?
Bimbam refers to ringing bells. It basically describes the sound that ringing bells make (two different pitches). From a linguistic perspective, it is an onomatopoeia.
Other onomatopoetic expressions for ringing bells are “Ding Dong” or even “Klingelingeling”.
Ach du heiliger Bimbam! Ich wollte eigentlich um 15.00 Uhr Zuhause sein! Meine Putzfrau kommt heute und Sie hat keinen eigenen Schlüssel! (Holy ****! I actually wanted to be home at three! The cleaning lady is coming today and she doesn’t have her own key!)
What is the meaning of Brückentag?
In the working world, a “Brückentag” (bridge day) is a working day that lies between a public holiday and a day that is an off-day anyways (usually Saturday or Sunday).
Wenn du das Wochenende mit einem Brückentag kombinierst, dann hast du drei Tag am Stück frei! (If you combine the weekend with your day off, then you have three days off in a row! That would be cool.)
Remarks: There is literally no word or phrase to directly translate “Brückentag” into English, so I simply translated it as “day off”.
What is the meaning of Fingerspitzengefühl?
Fingerspitzengefühl describes the quality of having and showing empathy and sensitivity when dealing with others. A person either has it or not when dealing with other people. So a person that is deemed not having “Fingerspitzengefühl” would be a person that is treating others in a rude and cold way.
Example: Du hast nicht das nötige Fingerspitzengefühl, um mit Chinesen Business zu machen! (You don’t have the required sensitivity and flair to do business with the Chinese!).
What is the meaning of Kaffeeklatsch?
Kaffeeklatsch simple stands for a cosy get-together with a chat over coffee (and maybe some cake or sweets).
A: Wo ist denn deine Mutter? (Where’s your mother?)
B: Die trifft sich zum Kaffeeklatsch bei unseren Nachbaren. (She’s having a coffee chit chat at our neighbor’s place).
What is the meaning of Krähwinkelei?
Krähwinkel is a fictitious place name which, without reference to any of the concrete places of this name, stands for small-town, philistine narrow-mindedness. Krähwinkelei simply stands for somewhat arrogant, narrow-minded behavior.
Ich kann in einem solchen Dorf, das sowohl sehr rückständig ist und in dem Krähwinkelei an der Tagesordnung steht, nicht mehr länger wohnen. (I can no longer live in this backward village where everybody is just so narrow-minded.)
What is the meaning of Löwenzahn?
The main meaning of Löwenzahn in German is that of a plant, namely the dandelion. Moreover, Löwenzahn can obviously also for the tooth of a lion, as Löwe = Lion and Zahn = tooth.
Löwenzahn is a German word named after a lion’s tooth. But instead of meaning just that, it refers to a plant, namely the dandelion. So whenever a German is talking about Löwenzahn, chances are that he is talking about plants in his garden rather than about lion’s teeth, unless he works in a circus or is a zoo director, of course.
Löwenzahn ist im Garten oft nicht erwünscht, da es sich hierbei um Unkraut handelt. (Dandelions are often undesirable in the garden because they are weeds.)
What is the meaning of Larifari?
Larifari refers to pointless talk or doing something in a superficial, careless way.
Was sie sagte, war alles Larifari. Weiß der Kuckuck, was sie damit eigentlich genau meinte. (What he said was all very unclear. Nobody knows exactly what he meant by that).
What is the meaning of Luftikus?
Luftikus is refering to a guy that is being lightheaded.
Er ist ein richtiger Luftikus. Ein kleiner Junge halt. (He’s really a lightheaded person. He’s still a small boy.)
What is the meaning of muksmäuschenstill?
Muksmäuschenstill means that it is perfectly still and no sound is to be heard at all.
The German language is full of strange nouns, but also comes with some weird adjectives. Or let’s say cute adjectives like muksmäuschenstill.
Und plötzlich wurde es im Zimmer muksmäuschenstill. Petra war nun gewiss im Land der Träume. (And suddenly there was total silence in the room. Petra was now certainly sleeping.)
What is the meaning of Paperlapapp?
Paperlapapp is used as an exclamation of rejection of empty, foolish talk, excuses, etc. Thus, this expression is used to describe someone else’s opinion as false.
The etymology of the term is not 100 percent clear. However, it most likely has to do with an archaic word for mash, namely “Papp”. The word “Paperlapapp” itself can be found in dictionaries since about 1880.
A: Ich habe meine Hausaufgaben nicht erledigt, da ich gestern leider etwas zu spät nach Hause kam und mich dann meine Katze von der Arbeit ablenkte und mein Computer war komischerweise auch sehr langsam und…
B: Paperlapapp! Das ist doch alles nur blödes Geschwafel!
A: I didn’t do my homework because I came home a little late yesterday and then my cat distracted me from work and my computer was strangely slow and…
B: Fiddlesticks! Don’t make up stupid excuses!
What is the meaning of Pillepalle?
Pillepalle stands for things that are unimportant. So things that are Pillepalle, are of non-important nature and are considered trivialities.
Das ist doch alles Pillepalle! (None of that matters, really!)
What is the meaning of Quadratlatschen?
Quadratlatschen refers to very big shoes or more generally to big feet that are in shoes.
If you have particularly large feet, some people might be referring to your shoes as Quadratlatschen. It’s only the size of the shoes that matter here because any kind of shoes could be called Quadratlatschen, as long as we are talking about biiiiig shoes
Hast du Petras Schuhe gesehen? Die hat richtige Quadratlatschen! (Have you seen Petra’s shoes? Her feet (shoes) are just so large!
What is the meaning of schnabulieren?
Schnabulieren is a verb that means eating. It generally means that you are eating something with big pleasure. It corresponds more or less to the English word “to munch”.
The picture says it all, pretty much. “Schnabulieren” is a verb that is made up by the noun “Schnabel” and -ieren as a suffix that can be found in many verbs such as:
- vibrieren (to vibrate)
- probieren (to try)
- studieren (to study)
- kalkulieren (to calculate
and many others.
To put it simply, if somebody will say that you are “schnabulieren” your food, it means that you are eating your food with pleasure and are really enjoying yourself doing so. So, contrary to what most people might think, “schnabulieren” actually has a positive connotation and doesn’t mean something like “eating like a pig”.
Instead of “schnabulieren”, you can also use the verb mampfen, which can be seen more or less as a synonym to “schnabulieren”. Both of these verbs are pretty informal, but still kinda cute to be honest.
Und ich sah ihm zu, wie er genüsslich sein Müesli schnabulierte. (And I watched him enjoy his muesli (to the fullest).
What is the meaning of schnurzpiepegal?
The meaning of schnurzpiepegal is simply that you don’t care at all about something. So whenever something is schnurzpiepegal to you, then you just really don’t care about it.
For “I don’t care”, you would usually just say “Es ist mir egal.” If you are saying “Es ist mir schnurzpiepegal”, this will make your statement much stronger and will let the other people know, that you truly don’t care about it at all.
The word schnurzpiepegal is made up by the elements schnurz + piep + egal. Schnurz is an adjective. Piep is actually referring to pipe, therefore the man smoking a pipe in the picture above.
Was du den ganzen Tag so machst, ist mir eigentlich schnurzpiepegal. Wir sind keine Freunde mehr. (I really don’t give a **** anymore what you do all day. We are no longer friends.
What is the meaning of Schnapsidee?
A Schnapsidee is an idea that is either crazy or doesn’t make any sense at all.
Schnaps is the German word for high-percentage alcohol. The word comes from the Lower German language and is related to the word “schnappen” (to snap/to grab), which refers to the fact that Schnaps is usually drunk in a quick sip from a small glass.
This kind of small glass had several names, one of them being Schnapper and another one Schnabbes.
Peter kannte Maria erst seit 3 Wochen und wollte Sie bereits heiraten. Was für eine Schnapsidee! (Peter had only known Maria for 3 weeks and wanted to marry her already. What a silly idea!
What is the meaning of Tausendsassa?
When we are talking about a Tausendsassaa, we are talking about someone that has numerous talents.
The word Tausendsassa is made up by the noun Tausend and by Sassa. Tausend is a counting unit in Germanand simply stands for one thousand. So literally speaking, we talk about someone that has a thousand talents here. However, it is the second part of the word, namely “saßa” where things get really interesting.
Saßa is a shout to call hounds at a hunt. It is believed to stem from the french word “ça”, which means this/that.
So the literal meaning of Tausendsaßa is something along the lines of “(a) thousand of this and that.”
Dieser Typ ist wirklich ein Tausendsassa! Er ist ein talentierter Schauspieler, kann programmieren und spricht nebenbei auch noch 7 Sprachen. (This guy is really a jack of all trades! He is a talented actor, knows how to program and, by the way, speaks 7 languages.)
There has apparently been one big “Tohuwabohu” at yesterday’s party. It is total chaos now…
What is the meaning of Tohuwabohu?
Today the term “Tohuwabohu” is generally used to describe a big and hopeless mess / chaotic situation.
Was unsere Kinder gestern wieder für ein Tohuwabohu veranstalteten, echt unglaublich (What a hullabaloo our kids caused yesterday, really unbelievable.)
What is the meaning of Warmduscher?
Warmduscher is a term that is used for someone that is believed to be weak or to be a coward.
In German, there are many synonyms for Warmduscher. Some of them are highly amusing. Here are a couple of them for your entertainment:
Steve ist ein Warmduscher, der schaut sich garantiert keine Horrorfilme an! (Steve is a wimp, he is definitely not into horror movies!)
What is the meaning of Wischiwaschi?
The word Wischiwaschi in its essence is the colloquial, often pejoratively used term for confused talk whose meaning is not at all clear to the listener. Wischiwaschi is also used to describe things that appear imprecise or superficial.
Peter: War alles wieder so Wischiwaschi, was Daniel mir gestern erzählt hat. Ich glaube kein Wort davon! (What Daniel told me yesterday, simply didn’t make any sense to me. To be honest, I don’t believe a word of it. )
What is the meaning of Wonneproppen?
Wonneproppen refers to a small child, usually a well-nourished child.
Marcel: Ach die Emma, ist Sie nicht süss? Was für ein Wonneproppen! (Emma is really a sweety, right? What a nice little baby!)
What is the meaning of verschlimmbessern?
Verschlimmbessern refers to the act of trying to improve something but actually making it worse by trying to do so.
Ich würde den Text nicht noch einmal korriegen. Du verschlimmbesserst damit sicher aller nur noch! (I wouldn’t go over the text again. You’ll only make it worse.
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What is the most complicated German word? ›
1. Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung (36) Officially recognised by the Duden - Germany's pre-eminent dictionary - as the longest word in German, Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung is a 36-letter, tongue-tying way of describing a rather, mundane everyday concept: motor vehicle liability insurance.How do you use Backpfeifengesicht in a sentence? ›
Backpfeifengesicht. This one is used to describe a face that's in need of a good punch, as in, 'good grief, he's got a right backpfeifengesicht… that face is just asking to be punched'.What's the longest word in Germany? ›
The longest word in the standard German dictionary is Kraftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung – which is the word for motor vehicle liability insurance. But at 36 letters, it's rather puny. Rechtsschutzversicherungsgesellschaften, a touch longer at 39 letters, is the language's longest non-dictionary word.What is the 80 letter German word? ›
At 80 letters, the longest word ever composed in German is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft, the "Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services".What are German swears? ›
- Quatsch! /ˈkvatʃ/ This curse word stems from the verb quatschen, which means “to chat.” ...
- Donnerwetter! /ˌdɔnɐ'vɛtɐ/ ...
- Depp! /dɛp/ ...
- verdammt. /fɛɐ̯ˈdamt/ ...
- Scheiße. /ˈʃaɪ̯sə/ ...
- Halt deinen Mund! /halt 'daɪ̯nən mʊnt/ ...
- der Mist. /deːr 'mɪst/ ...
- Leck mich am Arsch! /lɛk mɪç am aʀʃ/
Torschlusspanik describes the anxiety induced by the feeling that time is running out for you to act. It literally means 'gate closing panic', and particularly refers to people as they age, who worry that they have to take the opportunity now, in case they never get the chance again.How do you use Kummerspeck in a sentence? ›
the weight a person gains during a period of overeating due to unhappiness, depression, grief, or other emotional condition: I finally got over the anguish of my divorce, but my Kummerspeck doesn't want to let go!How do Germans express pain? ›
In German, there are several ways to express pain: the already mentioned "aua" (ow-ah), which is used mostly in children's language (perhaps for the corresponding consolation word "eia" (i-ah)); well, yes, "autsch" (ouch), also used for the expression of disapprovement; and, perhaps most commonly used, the simple "au" ...What is ß called in English? ›
The German letter ß is a ligature and is also called a “scharfes s” (sharp s). But it's simpler than it sounds–it actually just means “ss”. The best thing about this letter? It sounds exactly like the “s” sound in English!
What does putzy mean in German? ›
Putzi. (das) baby [österr.] (das) baby [österr.], a dog name.What is a typical breakfast in Germany? ›
A German breakfast consists of hearty Brot (breads) and Brötchen (rolls), decorated with butter, sweet jams and local honey, thinly sliced meats, cheese and even some Leberwurst.Is there Z in German? ›
The German consonant 'z' is pronounced in the same manner as the English 'ts' sound that is found at the end of words such as 'cats', 'lots' or 'sits'.What is an O with two dots above it? ›
Ö, or ö, is a character that represents either a letter from several extended Latin alphabets, or the letter "o" modified with an umlaut or diaeresis. In many languages, the letter "ö", or the "o" modified with an umlaut, is used to denote the close- or open-mid front rounded vowels [ø] ( listen) or [œ] ( listen).What is the Z sound in German? ›
In Germany, pronounced like the English 'z'; pronounced like 's' in 'sound' when at the end of a word, after consonants (except 'l', 'm', 'n', ng') and before consonants. In Austria, pronounced like 'z' only when it appears between two vowels, pronounced like 's' otherwise.What is f word in German? ›
Ficken means to f*ck, mit jemandem ficken = to f*ck someone etc. Germans use ficken only in a sexual sense. Most f-expressions in English are translated using some form of Scheiß or Arsch.What is F called in German? ›
There are several levels to cursing in Swedish, and the expressions seen as less naughty are those made up by numbers. In Sweden, bad words mostly have a religious origin and in the past it was common to amplify them with numbers, such as 'sjutton' (17), 'attans' (an old word for 18), and 'tusan' (meaning 1,000).What is the longest F word? ›
floccinaucinihilipilification (29).What is the word with 189 819 letters full word? ›
isoleucine (189, 819 letters)
What is a 190000 letter word? ›
The longest English word is also the longest word in the world, with almost 190,000 letters. It is the chemical name for titin, the largest protein known. The longest word in the English dictionary however, is the 45-letter word "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis", which refers to a lung disease.What is Kummerspeck German? ›
Kummerspeck is a compound noun composed of Kummer (grief), and Speck (bacon, or lard), so translates literally as 'grief bacon'. We all have those days when we accidentally eat the whole tub of ice cream, or the second pizza, or both. It helps to assuage feelings of loneliness, sadness and melancholy.What is Zweisamkeit? ›
Zweisamkeit f (genitive Zweisamkeit, plural Zweisamkeiten) (slightly informal) togetherness, intimacy between two persons, most often romantic; tête-à-tête.What is a Backpfeifengesicht? ›
Backpfeifengesicht meaning: Someone deserving of a face slap
It's not quite clear where the word came from, but it was in common use in northern Germany by the 19th century and has stuck around ever since. It's actually quite visceral, describing a slap so resounding it whistles along the cheek.
Dürfen (to be allowed, may) is used to give or refuse permission: Hier darf geraucht werden. You may smoke here. Hier darf nicht getrunken werden.How do you express disgust in German? ›
Germans have a lot of simple ways to express disgust. You can say Pfui or Bäh, or at least Igitt (pronounced “ill-get”) or Ihn. The English equivalents to these are 'pshaw', “yuck”, “eww” or “ugh”.How do you use Lieber? ›
Use lieber just as you would use gerne (after the verb). Only use it if you are comparing two or more things! Ich lieber Deutsch als Französisch.Why do Germans stare a lot? ›
Once the shock of people staring a little longer than expected wears off, it becomes clear that staring in Germany is actually a sign of politeness in certain circumstances. Staring into the eyes of others is an important part of saying 'prost' (cheers) before drinking a beer or a glass of wine.What is the most famous German saying? ›
1: “Ich kriege so eine Krawatte”
And it comes from the pressure you feel in your throat when you get so angry you could scream. Germans use this saying when they find something makes them really angry.
- Ohrwurm (ear worm) ...
- Weichei (soft egg) ...
- Backpfeifengesicht (slap face) ...
- Erklärungsnot (explanation poverty) ...
- Purzelbaum (tumble tree) ...
- Zungenbrecher (tongue breaker) ...
- Schattenparker (shadow parker) ...
- Kuddelmuddel (muddled mess)
What is the Ü symbol called? ›
U-umlaut. A glyph, U with umlaut, appears in the German alphabet. It represents the umlauted form of u, which results in [yː] when long and [ʏ] when short. The letter is collated together with U, or as UE.What language uses Ü? ›
The last umlaut in the German language is the Ü. Similar to the Ö, there is no sound in the English language which is the equivalent of this umlaut.What is Z B in German? ›
Most likely, the German abbreviation “z.B.” will cross your way very often. It stands for “zum Beispiel” which means “for example” in English.What is dingleberry in German? ›
Klabusterbeere f (genitive Klabusterbeere, plural Klabusterbeeren, diminutive Klabusterbeerchen n ) (slang) dingleberry (US English) / clingon (British English) (dried fecal matter adhering to anal hair)What is Mensch German? ›
In the literal sense, Mensch translates to mean 'Human'. However; it is not always used in this way alone. It can also be an interjection in conversation, especially when something catches you off guard. It has also been adopted in day-to-day speech as a way of expressing surprise at a situation, positive or negative.What does the German Word Schnuckiputzi mean? ›
(mein) Schnuckiputzi / Schnucki. (my) sweetie pie, darling.What time is dinner in Germany? ›
Dinner time in Germany
Ever practical, the Germans sit down to dinner between 6-7pm, but don't worry if you miss a meal – there's an abundance of after hour food options in Germany, including the ubiquitous and satisfying kebab stores.
Dinner. In Germany, the evening meal is called Abendessen or Abendbrot – the latter is actually more like a supper, and literally translates to 'evening bread'. Following a hearty lunch, Germans traditionally enjoy a lighter dinner, with breads, hams, sausages, cheeses, and pickles all being very common.What is Germany's national meal? ›
Sauerbraten is a traditional German roast of heavily marinated meat. It is regarded as a national dish of Germany, and is frequently served in German-style restaurants internationally. It can be prepared from a variety of meats, most often from beef, but also from venison, lamb and mutton, pork and horse.What are the 4 extra letters in German? ›
German has four special letters; three are vowels accented with an umlaut sign (⟨ä, ö, ü⟩) and one is derived from a ligature of ⟨ſ⟩ (long s) and ⟨z⟩ (⟨ß⟩; called Eszett "ess-zed/zee" or scharfes S "sharp s"), all of which are officially considered distinct letters of the alphabet, and have their own names separate ...
Why do Germans pronounce J as Y? ›
The spelling of the German word Majonäse was Germanified as part of the recent spelling reforms in the German-speaking countries. The proximity of German 'j' to English 'y' can be seen by the fact that many words imported from English that originally began with a 'y' are spelled in German with an initial 'j'.How do Germans pronounce V? ›
V is pronounced as “f”, with the letter itself rhyming with "cow". This can be seen in words like vor, verkehren, and Verlust. W, meanwhile, takes the pronunciation of an English V — hence the confusion. The letter W is pronounced as “veh” and can be seen in words like Wetter, Woche, and warten.What is ss in German? ›
SS, abbreviation of Schutzstaffel (German: “Protective Echelon”), the black-uniformed elite corps and self-described “political soldiers” of the Nazi Party.Is O A letter? ›
Ø (or minuscule: ø) is a letter used in the Danish, Norwegian, Faroese, and Southern Sámi languages. It is mostly used as a representation of mid front rounded vowels, such as [ø] ( listen) and [œ] ( listen), except for Southern Sámi where it is used as an [oe] diphthong.What is the name of œ? ›
Ethel (Œ, œ)
The letter Ethel is probably more recognizable in modern-day as a woman's name, but it's actually based on the Futhark rune of Odal, transcribed as œ. Very similar to ash, it possesses a long e sound, such as in the word subpœna.
ß is just a “ss” sound. j sounds like the English y. w sounds like the English v. v sounds like the English f.What does Z sound like? ›
It represents the voiced alveolar affricate ([d͡z]) sound. In the Emiliano-Romagnolo alphabet, it is used to represent the voiced dental fricative ([ð]) sound. Depending on the various dialects, the pronunciation can be [ðz], or, under Italian influence, [dz], but the most common pronunciation is [ð].What does Ö sound like German? ›
– “ö” as in blöd is like an English person saying “burn” Make the sound “a” as in the word “may” and then make your lips into an “o” shape.Is Kummerspeck a real word? ›
The German word Kummerspeck translates literally to “grief bacon,” and actually means “the excess weight gained from sorrow.” The phrase has a sort of perfect black humor to it, the words grief and bacon functioning with the perfect formal efficiency of a well-told joke: Grief, in all its heavy and self-serious pathos, ...How do you pronounce kraftfahrzeug haftpflichtversicherung? ›
- IPA: /ˈkʁaftfaːɐ̯t͡sɔɪ̯kˌhaftpflɪçtfɛɐ̯zɪçəʁʊŋ/
- Audio. 0:03. (file)
- Hyphenation: Kraft‧fahr‧zeug-Haft‧pflicht‧ver‧si‧che‧rung.
What is the most difficult word in the world? ›
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- Sixth. ...
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- Phenomenon. ...
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- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. ...
Kuddelmuddel in German means basically what the word sounds like: chaos. There is no direct English equivalent, but chaos, mess or medley is probably a good way to start.What does Schnuckiputzi mean in German? ›
(mein) Schnuckiputzi / Schnucki. (my) sweetie pie, darling.How do you say timothe Luwawu Cabarrot? ›
- Pronunciation: \TEAM-oh-tay loo-WA-woo cab-uh-RO\
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Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung So the longest word to be found in the German dictionary is Kraftfahrzeughaftpflichtversicherung – "motor vehicle indemnity insurance".
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- Pharaoh. You might have heard several pronunciations of the word “pharaoh” that you don't know its correct spelling anymore.
In both June and October of 2022, the editors of the tome have released their own lists of the most mispronounced words in the English language, which include such whoppers as “victuals,” “awry,” “epitome” and, yes, “acai.”What is the longest weirdest word? ›
- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (45 letters) ...
- Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (36 letters) ...
- Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (34 letters) ...
- Pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (30 letters) ...
- Floccinaucinihilipilification (29 letters)