- the Low German vernacular dialects spoken in northern Germany.
Origin of Plattdeutsch
1825–35; < German: literally, flat (i.e., lowland) German
Also called Low German.
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- another name for Low German
literally: flat (that is, low) German
Word Origin and History for plattdeutsch
"Low German dialect of northern Germany," 1814, from German, from Dutch platduits, literally "flat (or low) German," from plat "flat, plain, clear" + duits "German" (see Dutch). In contrast to the speech of the upland parts of Germany.
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