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frosty rime
Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 3:25:38 PM

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Hi all,

what is this seemingly suffix ‘lein' in the following examples?
(I can´t fine them in the dictionary)

• Tischlein
• Tellerlein
• Becherlein


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IMcRout
Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 3:36:07 PM

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It is a diminutive suffix meaning that it is a small table, plate or cup.

Edit: You'll find it in TFD at '-lein'.

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frosty rime
Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 3:46:00 PM

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I see.

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rogermue
Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2013 4:34:19 PM

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Though my answer is a bit late I think it would be good to
state the fact that there are two such diminutive suffixes:
-lein and -chen.
And I would say today -chen is preferred.
If you read Tischlein, Becherlein, Tellerlein you think at once
of Snow-White, Grimms' fairy tale and that was around 1810.
Today one would say Tischchen, Häuschen, Mäuschen and so on.
Even Mädchen is such a diminutive wordform even if for a lot of Mädchen
a diminutive form is in no way appropriate.
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