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sprachgefühl

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noun sprach·ge·fühl \ˈshpräḵ-gə-ˌfu̅e̅l\

Definition of sprachgefühl

  1. 1 :  the character of a language

  2. 2 :  an intuitive sense of what is linguistically appropriate



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Sprachgefühl was borrowed into English from German at the end of the 19th century and combines two German nouns, Sprache, meaning "language, speech," and Gefühl, meaning "feeling." (Nouns are capitalized in German, and you'll occasionally see sprachgefühl capitalized in English too, as in our second example.) We're quite certain that the quality of sprachgefühl is common among our readers, but the word itself is rare, making only occasional appearances in our language.

Origin of sprachgefühl

German, from Sprache language + Gefühl feeling


First Known Use: 1894


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