Meanings

1.
to pin
(For medals and pins only.)
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2.
to light
(In context of lighting a fire or a cigarette, but it's rare and you only find it in written German. In everyday life, people say "anmachen" or "anzünden".)
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3.
to infect someone (or oneself ) with
("anstecken mit" - The person you infect is in Accusative, and it can be used reflexively in the sense of getting infected. It also works in a figurative sense for enthusiasm for example.)
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The meaning of "stecken" (and its crazy family)

A fun look at the family of "stecken", what a plug has to do with hiding and why Latin people "like your pen".

Vocab:

stecken, verstecken, anstecken, das Besteck, der Stecker, die Steckdose


Word Family

The core idea of this root was:

pointing, pricking, piercing

It’s the origin of words like stick, stitch and steak (which was originally a piece of meat on a stick over the fire) as well as some Latin loanwords like stimulus, instinct, instigate, stigma and style.

The German word “der Stock“, which can be a stick, does NOT belong to this family but rather to the family of *(s)teu- which has a similar theme, but which is much bigger.

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