Dictionary adjective *ebna- eben


smooth, without bumps
(The standard word in daily life is "flach".)
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Opposite (closest): uneben
just now, just a second ago
(Refers to the immediate past, same as "gerade" and often combined with "gerade")
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"verbal shrug"
(A particle that expresses that the speaker considers something the "second best" option. The meaning overlaps with "halt" in that sense.)
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exactly, as I said
(Used as a stand-alone response to someone who paraphrases something you were trying to say and they nail it.)
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Word Family

Root: *ebna-

This is a Germanic root with the idea of

even, flat

Its connections beyond Germanic languages are unclear.
It’s the origin of even.

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