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The Denglisch Dictionary

A Glossary of English Words Used in German

Denglisch: A B C

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Denglisch (Denglish) Dictionary
There are several definitions of Denglisch, but the word basically refers to the excessive use of English (and pseudo English) vocabulary in German. For the details, see Denglisch: When Languages Collide. In the Denglisch Dictionary below, each entry lists (1) the Denglisch term with its gender, (2) its meaning to German-speakers, and (3) the German word(s) for the term, if any. (Note: In most cases the German term is rarely used.) Some words (das Handy, der Smoking, etc.) link to a more in-depth explanation or clarification.

Words with a yellow background (as in the example below)

der Quizmaster quiz show host --

... are either pseudo Anglicisms (not real English) or English words with a meaning in German that is very different from the normal English meaning. Words marked with an asterisk (*) are English words or expressions that have been integrated into German (eingedeutscht) for so long that they are no longer considered foreign or Denglisch.

English Words in German
Denglisch Meaning Deutsch
die Action action (in film) --
der Actionfilm action movie --
das AIDS/Aids AIDS erworbene Abwehrschwäche
aidskrank suffering from AIDS --
der Airbag airbag das Prallkissen
die Airbrush
die Airbrush-Technik
airbrush die Airbrush-Pistole
die Spritztechnik
die Aircondition air conditioning die Klimaanlage
die Airline(s) airline die Fluggesellschaft, Fluglinie
der Airport* airport der Flughafen
das Alcopop
(pl. die Alcopops)
alcopop, sweet alcoholic drink (in bottles or cans) --
der American Way of Life* American way of life die US-amerikanische Lebensart
der Analyst analyst (finan.) der Börsenfachmann
der Annual Report annual report der Jahresbericht
der Assembler assembler (computing) --
das Audio-Book audio book das Hörbuch
die Audio-CD audio CD digitaler Tonträger
der Audio-Stream streaming audio --
auschecken to check out --
das Autocross autocross das Geländerennen
das Baby* baby der Säugling
das Kleinkind
babysitten* to baby sit kinderhüten
der Babysitter*
die Babysitterin*
babysitter der Kinderhüter
die Kinderhüterin
die Bahncard discount rail card der Bahnpass
der Beamer digital/LCD projector
video projector
der Video-Projektor
das Beefsteak* steak die Frikadelle
der Bestseller bestseller (book) der Verkaufsschlager
der Black Box black box
flight recorder
der Flugschreiber
das Blog (Weblog) blog, weblog das Internettagebuch
bloggen to blog --
der Blogger blogger --
die Bluejeans* bluejeans die Niethose
der Body
short for 'Bodysuit'
bodysuit, full-length underwear --
der Bodybuilder* bodybuilder --
das Bodybuilding* bodybuilding das Muskeltraining
der Bodyguard* bodyguard der Leibwächter
das Bodypainting bodypainting --
der Body-Shop drugstore, cosmetics shop die Drogerie
der Bodysuit bodysuit --
die Bodywear underwear die Unterwäsche
boomen to boom blühen, stark wachsen
der Boomer boom (mike) man r Tonassistent
der Boss* boss der Chef
das Bowling bowling amerikanisches Kegeln
die Box box, case der Kasten, die Kiste
die Box
die Boxen (pl)
See below See below
  The German word die Box has quite a few non-box meanings: (1) pit (auto racing), (2) parking stall, (3) horse stall, (4) exhibit stand, and (5) (stereo) speaker(s).
der Brain-Drain brain drain --
brainstormen to brainstorm --
das Brainstorming brainstorming (session) --
browsen to browse (Internet) --
der Browser browser (Internet) --
das Business business das Geschäft
Business as usual business as usual --
die Business-Class business class --
der Cache cache (computing) der Vorratsspeicher
die Cafeteria cafeteria das Café o. Restaurant mit Selbstbedienung
der Callboy male prostitute der Stricher
das Callcenter call center --
das Callgirl call girl --
das Call-in radio call-in show die Anrufsendung
das Camp camp der Feldlager
das Camping camping das Zelten
der Campus campus --
das Carjacking carjacking --
das Carsharing car sharing --
cash cash (adj/adv) bar
das Cash cash das Bargeld
die Cashcow cash cow --
das Casting casting das Auswahlverfahren
das Catering catering --
der Catering-Service catering service --
die CD CD, compact disc --
der Chat chat, chatroom --
der Chatroom chatroom --
chatten to chat (online) plaudern
der Chatter
die Chatterin
(in a chatroom)
cheaten to cheat
(computer games)
checken to check (verify), check (ice hockey) --
checken to understand, catch on, "get it" kapieren
das Check-in check-in das Einchecken
die Checkliste checklist --
das Check-out check-out das Auschecken
der Cheerleader
die Cheerleaderin
cheerleader --
der Cheeseburger cheeseburger --
der Chewinggum chewing gum der Kaugummi
der Chip chip (all meanings) --
die City downtown, city center die Innenstadt, Stadtmitte
die City-Maut toll on vehicles entering the city center --
der Clan clan der Klan
der Clip (hair) clip, film/video clip, clip-on earring --
das Cockpit* cockpit --
der Cocktail* cocktail --
die Cocktailparty cocktail party --
der Code code from French
die Cola cola (drink), Coke® --
das Comeback* comeback --
der Comedian (stand-up) comedian --
der Comic comic strip der Bilderstreifen
das Comicheft comic book --
der Compiler compiler (computing) --
der Computer* computer der Rechner
die Conceptart concept art --
das Consulting consulting die Beratung
der Container container (freight, waste, etc.) --
das Containerschiff container ship --
der Cop cop der Bulle / Polizist
der Copyshop copy shop der Kopierladen
das Corned Beef corned beef --
die Corn Flakes corn flakes --
die Couch* couch das Sofa
der Couchpotato couch potato der Faulenzer
der Countdown* countdown --
das Cover* cover (magazine, record) das Titelblatt
das Covergirl* cover girl --
der Cowboy* cowboy --
das Crack crack (drug) --
der Crack ace, best horse, top player --
die Cranberry cranberry
(Vaccinium macrocarpon)
die Preiselbeere*
(Vaccinium vitis-ideae)
*There actually is a real difference between these two terms. Preiselbeeren are larger and have a somewhat different taste than cranberries.
die Crew crew die Besatzung
die Mannschaft
der Cutter* cutter, film editor --
das Cybercafé cybercafé --
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