Dictionary noun *speh- sparen Sparweltmeister


world champions in savings
How useful:


You need to be a member to see the examples.

My Articles

Word of the Day - "sparen"

A quick look at the meaning of "sparen", what it has to do with German culture, and the various ways to translate "to spare".


sparen, sich sparen, sparsam, ersparen, verschonen, übrig

Word Family

Root: *speh-

The core themes of this root were:

prospering, thriving, going forward

The notion of prospering is still alive in the words around the Latin branch of prosper (to prosper, prosperous, prosperity) and also in the English to spare.

The sense of going forward is visible in speed. 

Last but not least, the root is most likely also the origin of despair and desparate which are based on the Latin sperare (to hope). So despair is  essentially about losing hope (for prosperity).

0 0 votes
Article Rating

Questions and Comments

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Never miss out!

Join over 20.000 German learners and get my epic newsletter whenever I post a new article :)

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.