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Meanings

1.
good, well
Opposite (closest): schlecht

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The meaning of "wohl"

A fun look at the meaning(s) of "wohl", it's various uses in every day German and why they are so freaking random. Seriously, what a mess this word is...

Vocab:

wohl, wohlhabend, obwohl, wohl wahr, sehr wohl, wohl kaum, wer wohl, zum Wohl


Word Family

Root: *ghedh-
The core idea of this root was:

unity, fitting together really well

From there, it slowly shifted from fitting toward the idea of good. In German, it is also the origin of das Gitter, which is a sort of fence (fitting together) and of der Gatte and die Gattin, which are old school words for husband and wife, respectively - literally, the fitting one.

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