Dictionary verb *st(e)i(g)- stecken drinstecken




to be inside
(In the sense of being in a container. Can also be about being stuck, but doesn't have to be.)
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be in one's shoes
(Used mainly in the phrasing "Da steckt man nicht drin." in contexts when you can't really understand why someone is doing what they're doing.)
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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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