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  • aalglatt
    (adjective)
    1.
    super slippery
    (Literally: "eal slippery")
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    super sleek, super slick
    (Usually in a negative sense of someone being too polished and having no "egdes" in an interaction. )
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  • abartig
    (adjective)
    1.
    disgusting
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  • abergläubisch
    (adjective)
    1.
    superstitious
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  • abfällig
    (adjective)
    1.
    disparaging, derogatory
    (In the context of comments and remarks.)
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  • abgedroschen
    (adjective)
    1.
    trite, overused, hackneyed
    (Mainly used for things people say or for ideas. Think a boring, cookie cutter plot twist in a movie. Comes from the verb "dreschen" which is a niche term for beating up. )
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  • abgehoben
    (adjective)
    1.
    out of touch
    (In the sense of "having lost touch with the real world". Sounds negative and conceited.)
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    Opposite: bodenständig
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  • abgelaufen
    (adjective)
    1.
    expired
    (for food and voucher codes)
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  • abgelegen
    (adjective)
    1.
    remote
    (In the sense of "far away from settlements". )
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  • abgelenkt
    (adjective)
    1.
    distracted
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  • abgespannt
    (adjective)
    1.
    worn out, drawn
    (for people, not too common)
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  • abgestanden
    (adjective)
    1.
    stale, old
    (Think of a cup of water that has been sitting on the counter for a week and tastes kind of stale. The verb "abstehen" itself is not used in this sense of "standing around long" anymore, but that's the core idea.)
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  • abgestumpft
    (adjective)
    1.
    desensitized
    (Literally, it means "dulled down" for a knife.)
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  • abgetragen
    (adjective)
    1.
    worn out, shabby
    (For clothes only)
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  • abhängig (von)
    (adjective)
    1.
    dependent
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    addicted
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  • abschätzig
    (adjective)
    1.
    disparagingly, dismissive
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  • abscheulich
    (adjective)
    1.
    awful, abhorrent, repulsive
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  • absehbar
    (adjective)
    1.
    forseeable
    (Sounds technical and dry)
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  • absichtlich
    (adjective)
    1.
    on purpose, intentionally
    (Sounds a bit reproachful.)
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    Opposite: versehentlich
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  • abstoßend
    (adjective)
    1.
    repuslive, disgusting
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    Opposite: anziehend
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  • abwechselnd
    (adjective)
    1.
    alternating, alternatingly, taking turns
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  • abwechslungsreich
    (adjective)
    1.
    varied, diversified
    (Think of it as the opposite of monotone. Lit.: "rich in variation")
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    Opposite: eintönig
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  • abweichend (von)
    (adjective)
    1.
    divergent, deviant, varying
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  • abwesend
    (adjective)
    1.
    absent
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    Opposite: anwesend
    2.
    absent minded
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  • achtsam
    (adjective)
    1.
    mindful, careful
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  • aggressiv
    (adjective)
    1.
    aggressive
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  • ähnlich
    (adjective)
    1.
    similar(ly)
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  • ahnungslos
    (adjective)
    1.
    clueless, unwitting
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  • aktuell
    (adjective)
    1.
    current(ly), up to date, at the moment
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  • albern
    (adjective)
    1.
    silly
    (The idea is "not to be taken seriously")
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  • allein(e)
    (adjective)
    1.
    alone
    ("alleine" is common only in spoken German.)
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    Opposite: gemeinsam
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  • alleinerziehend
    (adjective)
    1.
    single parent
    (lit: alone raising)
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  • alleinstehend
    (adjective)
    1.
    single
    (Pretty much only used for people who already have kids. Also works for a house that's secluded from other houses. )
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  • alles
    (adjective)
    1.
    everything
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    Opposite: nichts
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  • allgegenwärtig
    (adjective)
    1.
    omnipresent
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  • allgemeingültig
    (adjective)
    1.
    universally valid
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  • alt
    (adjective)
    1.
    old
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    Opposite: jung
    2.
    old, former
    (For an apartment for instance. Also works for people, but there it's ambiguous.)
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  • altmodisch
    (adjective)
    1.
    old fashioned, old school
    (It has a slight undertone of "out of date", so unlike its English translations, it leans negative.)
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    Opposite: neumodisch
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  • ambulant
    (adjective)
    1.
    ambulatory
    (Without going to the hospital. Think a small surgery that the doctor does in their office.)
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  • andere
    (adjective)
    1.
    other, different
    (In the sense of "not this one")
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  • anfällig (für)
    (adjective)
    1.
    susceptible
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  • anfänglich
    (adjective)
    1.
    initial(ly)
    (Not very common, usually refers to a gradually changing process of some kind, NOT to a step by step thing.)
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  • anfangs
    (adjective)
    1.
    initially
    (Not very common, usually refers to a gradually changing process of some kind, NOT to a step by step thing.)
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  • angeblich
    (adjective)
    1.
    supposedly, people say/so called, allegedly, purportedly
    (Expresses that some information is someone’s claim. Has a slightly skeptical undertone.)
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  • angeboren
    (adjective)
    1.
    inborn, natural, inherent
    (The core idea is that someone is born with something. Can be instincts or a crooked toe or whatever.)
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  • angefressen
    (adjective)
    1.
    slightly pissed
    (literally: "eaten on", quite colloquial)
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  • angemessen
    (adjective)
    1.
    appropriate
    ("in measure" for an occasion. Works in a wide variety of contexts. )
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  • angenehm
    (adjective)
    1.
    pleasant, comfortable, likeable
    (The focus is on vibe, not on "cushy-ness". There are boatloads of translations because it is used in a wide range of contexts.)
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    Opposite: unangenehm
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  • angepisst
    (adjective)
    1.
    pissed (off)
    (a bit vulgar)
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  • angeschlagen
    (adjective)
    1.
    a little under the weather, slightly sick
    (In sports also used in the sense of "banged up")
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  • angespannt
    (adjective)
    1.
    stressed, strained, tense
    (for muscles as well as for people or situations)
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    Opposite: entspannt
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