Low German Definition

Webster's New World
The West Germanic languages, except for High German, of the Germanic branch of Indo-European, represented by Old Low Franconian, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, and Old English, and their later stages, including Dutch, Plattdeutsch, English, and Frisian.
Webster's New World
The German dialects of northern Germany.
American Heritage

(linguistics) 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.


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.


(nonstandard) Any German dialect that is not the official standard, although they are usually only referred to as "Platt".


Origin of Low German

  • Translation of German Niederdeutsch nieder low (from the lowland terrain of northern Germany) Deutsch German

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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