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- proper n. A specific language, spoken in Northern Germany and the Netherlands and formerly widely spoken in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Kaliningrad, Russia, which developed out of Middle Low German from Old Saxon.
- proper n. Any of a number of West Germanic languages, primarily spoken in northern Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, that did not undergo the High German consonant shift; the group thereof.
- proper n. Any German dialect that is not the official standard, although they are usually only referred to as "Platt".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the language of Northern Germany and the Netherlands, -- including Friesic; Anglo-Saxon or Saxon; Old Saxon; Dutch or Low Dutch, with its dialect, Flemish; and Plattdeutsch (called also Low German), spoken in many dialects.
- adj. etc. See under German, Latin, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Or or pertaining to the language known as Low German (see German); also, in philology, applied to that class of tongues of which Low German is a member, and which includes in addition Dutch, Flemish, Friesic, Old Saxon, Anglo-Saxon, and English.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a German dialect spoken in northern Germany
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A satiric tendency pervades also the "Reinke de Vos," a Low German version from a Dutch original of the famous story of Reynard the Fox
Of miracles in praise of Our Blessed Lady we have a Low German play of Theophilus and the well-known play of "Frau Jutten" (1480) by a cleric of
Saxon law written in Low German by Eike von Repgowe, and this example produced in Upper Germany the "Schwabenspiegel" (before 1280).
The original Low German book of 1483 is lost, the oldest High German version dating from
(1810-74) used his native Low German dialect for his popular humorous novels, the most important of which are included in "Olle Kamellen"
 Mr. Wedgwood says (Dict. of English Etymology, vol.iii. 1865, p. 155) that the word shame "may well originate in the idea of shade or concealment, and may be illustrated by the Low German scheme, shade or shadow."