Dictionary verb zu verb *st(e)i(g)- stecken zustecken


to slip someone something
("jemandem+Dat etwas+Dat zustecken" - the idea is to covertly give someone a small item, maybe directly into the pocket. Think of a grandma secretly giving their grandchild 20 bucks even though mom said no.)
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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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