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Verkleinwoorden - 465 Dutch Diminutives

verkleinwoorden click to hear 2
verkleinwoordjes click to hear 2 3 4

The Other Diminutives Pages:
Introduction and Formation
Examples of Usage

All diminutives are 'het'-words
het click to hear 2 3 - 't click to hear ‑>>
Plurals always take 'de' click to hear 2
a: (een) - 'n click to hear / one: één click to hear 2 3
The diminutives in the list below ending in ‑S are plurals

afspraakje click to hear 2 date, romantic meeting
(de) afspraak click to hear appointment // agreement

apenstaartje click to hear 'monkey's tail': @
(de) staart click to hear tail

appeltje click to hear
(de) appel click to hear apple

aperitiefje click to hear before-dinner drink

asperientje click to hear 2 3 aspirin pill
(de) asperine click to hear 2 3 aspirin

autootjes click to hear
(de) auto click to hear car

baantje click to hear 2 small, 'side' job, minor employment // swimming lane
(de) baan click to hear 2 3 4 job // lane

baasje click to hear 2 busy person // pet 'father'
(de) baas click to hear boss, person in charge

baby'tje click to hear 2
(de) baby click to hear (English) - baby

bakfietsje click to hear 2
(de) bakfiets click to hear 2 ['box-bike'] - cargo bike

bakje click to hear 2 small open box // cup (slang) ‑>>
(de) bak click to hear 2 open box

ballonnetje click to hear 2 3
(de) ballon click to hear 2 3 balloon

bankje click to hear 2
(de) bank click to hear bench // bank

balletje click to hear 2
(de) bal click to hear ball (sports, play)

bedje click to hear 2
(het) bed click to hear 2 bed

bedragje click to hear 2 3 ironic use, usually not a small amount of money
(het) bedrag click to hear 2 3 4 sum, amount of money

bedrijfje click to hear
(het) bedrijf click to hear 2 company, business, enterprise

beeldje click to hear
(het) beeld click to hear 2 statue // image

beentje click to hear
(het) been click to hear 2 3 4 leg

beertje click to hear
(de) beer click to hear bear

beestje click to hear 2 either affectionate (a pet) or for small animals like bugs, maybe irritating
(het) beest click to hear beast

een beetje click to hear a little, a little bit ‑>>
[(de)] beet click to hear means '(animal) bite' of 'caught, gotcha!' - not 'bit'

beginnetje click to hear 2
(het) begin click to hear beginning, start

bekertje click to hear 2 3
(de) beker click to hear 2 mug, large cup

belletje click to hear 2 small bell or its sound // telephone call // bubble
(de) bel click to hear bell
bellen click to hear 2 3 4 ring a bell // make a telephone call ‑>>

bergje click to hear 2 3
(de) berg click to hear mountain

berichtje click to hear 2
(het) bericht click to hear report, message ‑>>

beschuitje click to hear
(het) beschuit click to hear 2 3 rusk, crispbake

bezempje click to hear 2
(de) bezem click to hear broom

biertje click to hear a glass of beer
(het) bier click to hear beer ‑>>

bietjes click to hear 2 red beets
(de) biet click to hear beet

biggetje click to hear 2 3 very young pig
(de) big click to hear young pig

bijbaantje click to hear 2 side job - more  'bij' side-
(de) baan click to hear 2 3 4 job ‑>>

bijltje click to hear
(de) bijl click to hear axe

bijtje click to hear 2
(de) bij click to hear 2 bee

blaadje click to hear
(het) blad click to hear leaf - notice vowel lengthening ‑>>

blikje click to hear 2
(het) blik click to hear 2 can, tin, tin can // tinplate ‑>>

een bloedpropje click to hear 2 blood clot
(de) prop click to hear wad, ball, clot, something crumpled

bloemetje click to hear 2 small flower // bouquet, bunch of flowers
(de) bloem click to hear 2 3 flower ‑>> // flour

bloemkoolsausje click to hear 2 white, 'cauliflower' sauce ‑>>
(de) saus click to hear 2 sauce

bloempje click to hear 2
(de) bloem click to hear 2 3 flower // flour

bloesje click to hear 2
from (French)  (de) blouse click to hear ladies' shirt ‑>>

boefje click to hear 2 endearment for a somewhat naughty boy
(de) boef click to hear 2 criminal (often jocular) ‑>>

boekje click to hear 2
(het) boek click to hear 2 3 book ‑>>

boerderijtje click to hear
(de) boerderij click to hear farm ‑>>

bolletje click to hear 2
(de) bol click to hear round item: ~ball, globe, sphere, bulb

bonnetje click to hear cash register receipt ‑>>
The common meaning of  (de) bon click to hear is 'traffic ticket' or 'voucher'

boodschappenlijstje click to hear 2 3 shopping list ‑>>
(de) lijst click to hear list // picture frame

boompje click to hear
(de) boom click to hear 2 3 tree ‑>>

boontje click to hear 2
(de) boon click to hear 2 bean

boortjes click to hear drill bits
(de) boor click to hear drill

bootje click to hear
(de) boot click to hear 2 boat

borreltje click to hear 2 3 a glass of liquor - also used for the whole event of pre-dinner drinks and snacks
een borrel click to hear glass of liquor - also used for a reception-like social event with drinks and snacks

bosje click to hear 2 small forest or brush area // a bunch (fill in bloemen click to hear 2 flowers)
(het) bos click to hear forest ‑>> // bunch

botjes click to hear
[(het)] bot click to hear bone // rude, blunt, bad manners // dull (knife)

bouillonblokje click to hear 2 beef cube
(het) blok click to hear 2 block, cube

briefje click to hear small note, short letter // banknote
(de) brief click to hear 2 letter (mail) ‑>>

briesje click to hear breeze
(de) bries - breeze (unusual)

broekje click to hear small pants // ladies' underpants // whippersnapper - young, inexperienced person
(de) broek click to hear 2 pants, trousers

broertje click to hear
(de) broer click to hear 2 brother ‑>>

broodje click to hear 2 bun, small piece of bread
(het) brood click to hear 2 3 bread, a loaf of bread ‑>>

bruggetje click to hear
(de) brug click to hear bridge ‑>>

buikje click to hear 2 - larger than usual or desired: pregnancy or eating/drinking too much
(de) buik click to hear belly, stomach

buitenbeentje click to hear unusual person, different from most
buiten click to hear 2 3 outside
(het) been click to hear 2 3 4 leg

buitje click to hear 2
(de) bui click to hear 2 rainshower ‑>>

bureautje click to hear
(het) bureau click to hear desk // office

bushokje click to hear bus stop shelter
(het) hok click to hear 2 hut, shed, closet

buurmeisje click to hear neighbor girl

chocolaatje click to hear 2 small piece of chocolate
(de) chocola click to hear chocolate

dagje click to hear 2
plural  daagjes click to hear 2 3
(de) dag click to hear 2 'day' - also has a vowel lengthening in the plural: dagen click to hear 2

deuntje click to hear tune, song
there is no  'deun'

dichtertje click to hear
[(de)] dichter click to hear 2 poet // closer

dienstmeisje click to hear 2 servant girl

diertje click to hear
(het) dier click to hear 2 3 4 animal ‑>>

dingetje click to hear 2
(het) ding click to hear thing

doktertje click to hear 2
(de) dokter click to hear (medical) doctor, MD

draadje click to hear 2
(de) draad click to hear thread

draakje click to hear
(de) draak click to hear 2 3 dragon ‑>>

drankje click to hear 2 supposedly benificial concoction // alcoholic drink
(de) drank click to hear alcoholic drinks
(de) sterke drank click to hear liquor, alcoholic drinks

droogrekje click to hear drying rack (for laundry) ‑>>
(het) rek click to hear rack

dropjes click to hear pieces of liquorice, the Dutch black candy
(de) drop click to hear liquorice

dubbeltje click to hear 2 - 'dime,' 10-cent piece
from dubbel click to hear 'double' - probably two stuivers:  ((de) stuiver click to hear 2 'nickel,' 5-cent piece, in the past a common money unit)

duimpje click to hear 2 ‑>>
(de) duim click to hear 2 thumb

dutje click to hear 2 nap
from  dutten click to hear 2 to nap - (de) dut is very unusual

duwtje click to hear 2 small push, nudge
(de) duw click to hear push

eetstokjes click to hear chopsticks
(de) stok click to hear stick

eitje click to hear 2 3 4 small egg // a very easy job
(het) ei click to hear 2 egg

elastiekje click to hear 2 rubber band
'elastiek' is the material rubber bands are made of

electriciteitshuisje click to hear 2 small, 'neighborhood' switching station ‑>>
(het) huis click to hear 2 house

electrisch kookplaatje click to hear hot plate, electric burner
(de) plaat click to hear 2 plate, slab // vinyl album

elfuurtje click to hear mid-morning snack
elf click to hear 11 - (het) uur click to hear hour

emmertje click to hear
(de) emmer click to hear bucket ‑>>

ererondje click to hear 2 [honorary] victory lap
from  rond click to hear 2 round
(de) ronde click to hear rounds, round, lap, tour

etentje click to hear 2 3 festive informal dinner, out or in
(het) eten click to hear food ‑>>
eten click to hear to eat

ezelsbruggetje click to hear [donkey's bridge] - memory aid
(de) brug click to hear bridge

ezeltje click to hear
(de) ezel click to hear 2 donkey

fabeltje click to hear fable

feestje click to hear 2
(het) feest click to hear 2 3 4 large party, celebration, festivity

fietsje click to hear 2 3 4
(de) fiets click to hear 2 3 bicycle ‑>>

fietsjasje click to hear 2 bicycling coat (fluorescent, rain and wind protection)
(de) jas click to hear coat

fietsrekje click to hear bike rack, rack on bike
(het) rek click to hear rack
Not to be confused with:  (het) fietsenrek click to
  hear 2 bike rack, rack to park bikes in

figuurzaagje click to hear keyhole saw
(de) zaag click to hear 2 saw ‑>>

finkie click to hear 2 small bird (slang)
from:  (de) vink click to hear finch

flatje click to hear (½English) - apartment in high-rise building
(de) flat click to hear (English) - apartment in high-rise building // high-rise building

flesje click to hear 2
(de) fles click to hear bottle

fluitje click to hear 2 3
(de) fluit click to hear flute, whistle

foldertje click to hear
(de) folder click to hear flyer, brochure

frietjes click to hear
(de) friet click to hear 2 3 French fries

gaatje click to hear
(het) gat click to hear hole - the plural of  'gat' also has vowel lengthening:  gat / gaten click to hear

gansjes click to hear 2 young, little geese
(de) gans click to hear goose

gaspitje click to hear gas burner

gebakje click to hear one-person serving of festive cake ‑>>
(het) gebak click to hear sweet pastry

geeltje click to hear (old slang) 25-guilder-bill
from
  geel click to hear 2 3 'yellow' - the color of an old banknote

geheimpje click to hear 2 3
[(het)] geheim click to hear 2 secret

geintje click to hear little joke
(de) gein click to hear fun

geluidje click to hear
(het) geluid click to hear sound ‑>>

gevalletje click to hear 2 minor case
(het) geval click to hear case

gezinnetje click to hear 2
(het) gezin click to hear the basic family

gilletje click to hear 2 3
(de) gil click to hear 2 3 shriek, scream

glaasje click to hear 'small glass,' but usually the contents of a glass, a drink
(het) glas click to hear 2 glass

gootsteenschepje click to hear sink scoop ‑>>
(de) gootsteen click to hear sink
(de) schep click to hear scoop // shovel

grapje click to hear 2 3 - grapje! click to hear 2
(de) grap click to hear ridiculous situation // practical joke ‑>>

grassprietje click to hear blade of grass
plural:  grassprietjes click to hear 2
(de) spriet - pointy long item

grootje click to hear 2 3
from:  (de) grootmoeder click to hear grandmother, 'granny'

gummetje click to hear 2
(de/het) gum click to hear eraser (for pencil writing)

haakje click to hear 2 hook, peg // bracket
(de) haak click to hear hook

halletje click to hear 2 hallway, small room behind front door
(de) hal click to hear 2 hall

hamertje click to hear 2 3
(de) hamer click to hear 2 hammer

handtasje click to hear 2 handbag
(de) tas click to hear bag

hapje click to hear a small piece of food, 'bite' or a small amount of food
(de) hap click to hear bite (of food)

harinkje click to hear 2
(de) haring click to hear herring ‑>>

heitje click to hear quarter, 25¢ coin - from Hebrew 'he' = 5 (5  stuivers, 5¢ pieces - see  - dubbeltje above)

hekje click to hear 2
(het) hek click to hear fence ‑>>

(hempje click to hear 2 - substandard, but  'hemdje' is hard to say)
(het) hemd click to hear 2 undershirt ‑>>

hofje click to hear a collection of very small houses around a garden area
(het) hof click to hear beautiful nature area // royal court

hondje click to hear - 't hondje click to hear 2
(de) hond click to hear dog ‑>>

hoopje click to hear 2 'small heap,' small amount
(de) hoop click to hear 2 heap, a lot  ‑>> // hope ‑>>

huisje click to hear
(het) huis click to hear 2 house ‑>>

huzarenstukje click to hear 2 ['a hussars' act'] a daring small-scale military action
(het) stuk click to hear 2 3 piece // broken,defective

ideetje click to hear 2
(het) idee click to hear idea

ijsblokjes click to hear 2 ice cubes
(het) blok click to hear 2 block, cube

jaartjes click to hear 2
(het) jaar click to hear year

jasje click to hear small coat // jacket, top part of men's suit
(de) jas click to hear coat

jongetje click to hear 2 3 boy, little boy
either from   (de) jongen click to hear 'boy' (N dropped) or from  jong click to hear young

kaartje click to hear 2 ticket (for event or travel)
(de) kaart click to hear 2 3 card // map

kacheltje click to hear 2
(de) kachel click to hear stove, heater

kadetje click to hear 2 3 oblong white bread roll, like a hot dog bun
(de) cadet click to hear 2 3 cadet

kadootje click to hear
(het) cadeau (kado) click to hear present

kalfje click to hear 2
(het) kalf click to hear 2 3 calf

kamertje click to hear 2
(de) kamer click to hear room (in a house) ‑>>

kammetje click to hear
(de) kam click to hear 2 comb ‑>>

kanootje click to hear
(de) kano - canoe

kansje click to hear 2
(de) kans click to hear chance ‑>>

kapje click to hear small cap // face mask // heel (end piece of bread)
(de) kap - cap, hood, bonnet

karretje click to hear 2 3 4 5
(de) kar click to hear 2 cart // (car)

kastje click to hear
(de) kast click to hear 2 cabinet, closet, cupboard, shelves system

keppeltje click to hear 2 yarmulke, 'skullcap' (for observant Jewish men)
maybe from Hebrew  kippah

kettinkje click to hear 2 bracelet, decorative small chain // small chain ‑>>
(de) ketting click to hear 2 3 chain

keukenmesjes click to hear small kitchen knives
(het) mes click to hear 2 3 knife

kiezelsteentjes click to hear 2 3 pebbles
(de) steen click to hear 2 stone, rock

kilootje click to hear
(de/het) kilo click to hear 2 about 2 pounds ‑>>

kinderkopjes click to hear 2 cobblestones (street paving)
(de) kop click to hear (animal) head // cup

kindermeisje click to hear 2 nanny

kindje click to hear 2
plural:  kindjes click to hear
or another plural:  kindertjes click to hear 2 3 4
(het) kind click to hear child
plural:  kinderen click to hear 2 3 children

kladblaadje click to hear 2 piece of scrap paper for quick notes
(het) blad click to hear (leaf) - here: piece of paper - notice vowel lengthening
- see  blaadje click to hear above

kleedje click to hear
(het) kleed click to hear carpet // tapestry

kleinigheidje click to hear 2 3 small thing, small gift
((de)) een kleinigheid click to hear 2 a little thing, a small gift // an unimportant, small matter // a small amount of money

kleintje click to hear 2 3 "little one" or small thing, small item
from:  klein click to hear 2 3 4 small, little

klemmetjes click to hear 2
(de) klem - clamp

kletspraatje click to hear 2 chat // very informal presentation, humorous nonsense speech
from  praten click to hear to talk, to chat ‑>>

kliekjes click to hear leftover food that's eaten later

klikjes click to hear
(de) klik - click (sound)

klopje click to hear 2 knock, pat
from  kloppen click to hear 2 to knock (on a door, for instance) - see also schouderklopje below

(de) klusjesman click to hear 2 handyman
from:  (de) klus click to hear 2 job, piece of work

knaapje click to hear clothes hanger // little boy
(de) knaap - boy

knopje click to hear 2 3
(de) knop click to hear 2 button (switch) // bud (flower)

koekje click to hear cookie - plural:  koekjes click to hear
(de) koek click to hear ~spice cake

koetje click to hear 2
(de) koe click to hear cow

koetsiertje click to hear 2 cheap brandy or cognac
(de) koetsier click to hear coachman, horse-drawn carriage driver

kommetje click to hear 2 plural:  kommetjes click to hear
(de) kom click to hear 2 bowl
see also:  komen click to hear to come ‑>>

konijntje click to hear
(het) konijn click to hear 2 rabbit ‑>>

koninkje click to hear
(de) koning click to hear king

kooitje click to hear 2
(de) kooi click to hear 2 cage

koolwitje click to hear 2 a white butterfly
from:  (de) kool click to hear 2 cabbage // coal - and  wit click to hear 2 white

koopje click to hear 2 3 a good buy, a bargain, item sold at a low price
from:  kopen click to hear to buy ‑>>

kopje click to hear cup ‑>>
plural:  kopjes click to hear
koppie click to hear 2 3 4 slang
(de) kop click to hear (animal) head // cup

kraagje click to hear
(de) kraag click to hear collar

kraaltje click to hear
(de) kraal - bead

kraampje click to hear 2 3
(de) kraam click to hear 2 market stall, booth

krabbetje click to hear 2
(de) krab click to hear 2 3 crab

krammetjes click to hear 2-pointed, U-shaped nails

kruidje click to hear
(het) kruid click to hear herb, spice
plural:  kruiden click to hear

kruimeltje click to hear 2
(de) kruimel click to hear 2 3 crumb

krukje click to hear 2 plural:  krukjes click to hear
(de) kruk click to hear 2 stool, simple seat ‑>>

kuchje click to hear 2
(de) kuch click to hear cough click to hear 2 3 // soldiers' bread

kuikentje click to hear 2
(het) kuiken click to hear 2 chick, young chicken

kussentje click to hear
(het) kussen click to hear 2 pillow, cusion // to kiss, kissing

kwartje click to hear a quarter (25¢ piece) - a quarter of a guilder
(het) kwart click to hear ¼ - quarter
een kwart click to hear

kwikstaartje click to hear wagtail, a bird with a busy tail
kwik click to hear ~quick (a.o.) - (de) staart click to hear tail

laagje click to hear 2
(de) laag click to hear 2 3 4 layer // low

laantje click to hear
(de) laan - lane

laatje click to hear 2
(de) la click to hear drawer

lachebekje click to hear 2 a person, usually a girl, with a quick laugh
lachen click to hear 2 to laugh ‑>> // (de) bek click to hear animal mouth, beak

lachertje click to hear 2 3 something ridiculous
from:  lachen click to hear 2 to laugh ‑>>

lachje click to hear 2
(de) lach click to hear laugh ‑>>

ladenkastje click to hear 2 cabinet with drawers ‑>>
(de) lade click to hear 2 drawer -
(de) kast click to hear 2 cabinet, closet, cupboard, shelves system

lammetje click to hear 2 3 plural: lammetjes click to hear 2
[(het)] lam click to hear lamb // lame

lampje click to hear 2 3
(de) lamp click to hear lamp ‑>>

landwegggetje click to hear 2 3 small country road
(de) weg click to hear way, road // away ‑>>

lapjes click to hear small pieces of fabric
(de) lap click to hear piece of fabric or piece of land

(de) lapjeskat click to hear 2
[patchwork cat] tortoiseshell cat (?)

laurierblaadjes click to hear bay leaves ‑>>
(het) blad click to hear - see  blaadje click to hear above

latje click to hear
(de) lat click to hear slat, piece of long, flat wood

leesplankje click to hear 'reading board' - elementary school first reading, spelling and pronunciation material ‑>>
(de) plank click to hear 2 (wooden) board

leeuwtje click to hear
(de) leeuw click to hear lion

leitje click to hear old-fashioned slate writing board, writing with chalk, easily erased
(de) lei click to hear slate // writing board

lepeltje click to hear 2 3 4
(de) lepel click to hear spoon

lichtknopje click to hear light switch ‑>>
(de) knop click to hear 2 button (switch) // bud (flower)

lichtpuntje click to hear ['point of light'] a (small) hopeful sign in a mostly bad situation
(de) punt click to hear 2 3 point, tip

liedje click to hear 2
plural:  liedjes click to hear song
(het) lied click to hear 2 song (old-fashioned)

lieveheersbeestjes click to hear ladybugs, ladybirds
see also  onzelieveheersbeestje click to hear 2 below
(het) beest click to hear is 'beast' but  beestje click to hear 2 is usually not bad, it's affectionate (pets) or small, maybe irritating (bugs)

liflafjes click to hear 2 small, not very nutritious pieces of food, 'amuse-bouches'?

lijstje click to hear
(de) lijst click to hear list // picture frame

lootje click to hear 2 lottery, raffle ticket - note vowel lengthening
(het) lot click to hear 2 3 lottery, raffle ticket // fate ‑>>

luchtje click to hear bad smell // 'something fishy about it' ‑>>
(de) lucht click to hear air

lucifersdoosje click to hear matchbox, (small) box of matches
lucifers click to hear matches ‑>> - (de) doos click to hear box

maaltje click to hear 2 small or enjoyable meal
[(het)] maal click to hear 2 meal ‑>> // times (x) ‑>>

maandje click to hear
(de) maand click to hear month

maantje click to hear
(de) maan click to hear 2 3 de maan click to hear (the) moon

maatje click to hear mate, comrade, friend
(de) maat click to hear 2 mate, comrade, friend // size (clothes) // measure (music)

machientje click to hear 2 3 4 very small machine
(de) machine click to hear 2 (French CH) - machine

madeliefjes click to hear daisies ‑>>

makkie click to hear an easy job, no problem (slang)
probably from:  gemakkelijk click to hear easy ‑>>

mandarijntje click to hear tangerine ‑>>

mannetje click to hear male animal // guy for special jobs
(de) man click to hear 2 3 man, male human ‑>>

mantelpakje click to hear ladies' formal suit
(het) pak click to hear formal suit (for men) // package

meesje click to hear
(de) mees click to hear 2 titmouse (a small bird)

meisje click to hear plural:  meisjes click to hear girl, girls ‑>>
The original, 'root' word is no longer in use, but colloquially you can address a female friend as "Meis" click to hear 2 3
Or maybe it's from (de) meid click to hear 2 ~girl, ~woman, but meid  is often negative. I don't recommend its use
German: 'Mädchen'

mespuntje click to hear 2 ('knifetip') is a very small amount, something like a pinch, maybe less ‑>>
(het) mes click to hear 2 3 knife - (de) punt click to hear 2 3 point, tip

middagdutje click to hear 2 afternoon nap
(de) middag click to hear afternoon - (het) dutje from  dutten click to hear 2 to nap - (de) dut is very unusual

mobieltje click to hear 2 3 cell phone
from:  mobiel - mobile, moveable, portable

moetje click to hear 2 marriage forced by pregnancy
from:  moeten click to hear 2 'must,' should, have to ‑>>

molentje click to hear 2 3 'little mill' - things like kitchen gadgets that need to be turned
(de) molen click to hear 2 windmill // rotating machine

momentje click to hear 2
(het) moment click to hear moment ‑>>

mopje click to hear joke
(de) mop click to hear ridiculous situation // joke

naaistertje click to hear 2
(de) naaister click to hear seamstress

naambordje click to hear name plate (on door)
(de) naam click to hear 2 name - (het) bord click to hear plate // board

nachtkastje click to hear night stand, bedside cabinet
(de) nacht click to hear night - (de) kast click to hear 2 cabinet, closet, cupboard, shelves system

nagelschaartje click to hear 2 nail scissors
(de) nagel click to hear nail (human or animal) - (de) schaar click to hear (pair of) scissors

nakomertje click to hear late child
from:  na click to hear after ‑>> and  komen click to hear to come ‑>>

neefje click to hear
(de) neef click to hear male cousin // nephew - the diminutive is often a 'nephew'

nestje click to hear 2
(het) nest click to hear nest

nestkastje click to hear birdhouse (to make nests in) ‑>>
(de) kast click to hear 2 cabinet, closet, cupboard, shelves system

nichtje click to hear
(de) nicht click to hear female cousin // niece - the diminutive is often a 'niece'

nietjes click to hear staples

op 't nippertje click to hear at the last moment, not a moment to spare

nootje click to hear
(de) noot click to hear 2 nut // music note

nummertje click to hear ticket with number ('when it's your turn') // song
(het) nummer click to hear 2 number, sequential number ‑>>

ogenblikje click to hear 2
(het) ogenblik click to hear 2 moment ‑>>

onderonsje click to hear [little between-us] informal private meeting
onder click to hear under, 'between' // below ‑>> - ons click to hear us ‑>>

onzelieveheersbeestje click to hear 2 ladybug, ladybird
(het) beest click to hear is 'beast' but  beestje click to hear 2 is usually not bad, it's affectionate (pets) or small, maybe irritating (bugs) - see also lieveheersbeestjes above

oogje click to hear 2 3 4
(het) oog click to hear 2 eye ‑>>

oortje click to hear 2
(het) oor click to hear 2 ear ‑>>

opschrijfboekje click to hear (small) notebook
from:  opschrijven - to write down - see  schrijven click to hear 2 3 to write ‑>>

paadje click to hear
(het) pad click to hear 2 path - note vowel lengthening

paaltje click to hear
(de) paal click to hear 2 pole, post, stake

pakje click to hear packet, package (het) pak click to hear ~box, package // men's formal suit

pannetje click to hear
(de) pan click to hear 2 pan, cooking pot

paradepaardje click to hear 2
(het) paradepaard click to hear parade, show horse // showpiece
(de) parade click to hear 2 parade - (het) paard click to hear 2 horse

parapluutje click to hear 2
(de) paraplu click to hear umbrella

parochieblaadje click to hear 2 parish newspaper // derogatory term for a newspaper or magazine devoted to to the speaker irrelevant subjects
(het) blad click to hear (leaf) - here: piece of paper - notice vowel lengthening
- see  blaadje click to hear above

partijtje click to hear 2 3 small party, festive or political
(de) partij click to hear party

petje click to hear 2
(de) pet click to hear 2 3 (baseball) cap

piepjes click to hear beeps, beeping click to hear 2
from:  piepen click to hear to squeak

plakje click to hear 2 3 4 slice
(de) plak click to hear 2 3 slice, slab ‑>>

plankje click to hear 2 3
(de) plank click to hear 2 board

platje click to hear patio
probably from:  plat click to hear 2 flat

pleziervliegtuigje click to hear small airplane for pleasure, 1- or 2-seater propellor plane
(het) plezier click to hear fun, enjoyment ‑>> - (het vliegtuig click to hear 2 airplane

pompje click to hear 2 3 small pump, on-bike pump
(de) pomp click to hear 2 3 pump

poortje click to hear garden gate etc.
(de) poort click to hear gate

pootje click to hear 2 3
(de) poot click to hear 2 animal or table/chair leg, paw

popje click to hear 2 3
(de) pop click to hear doll

poppetje click to hear 2 plural:  poppetjes click to hear
small doll // figurine, small human figure, statuette

potje click to hear 2
(de) pot click to hear jar, container

praatje click to hear 2 chat // informal presentation
from  praten click to hear to talk, to chat ‑>>

prinsje click to hear 2
(de) prins click to hear prince

proefritje click to hear 2 trial ride, test drive
(de) rit click to hear ride, drive - from:  rijden click to hear 2 to ride, to drive ‑>>

propje click to hear 2 usually: a small piece of crumpled paper
(de) prop click to hear wad, ball, clot, something crumpled

prullenbakje click to hear
prullenbak click to hear wastebasket

puistjes click to hear 2 acne pimples

putje click to hear
(de) put click to hear 2 well, hole, pit, drain

't Puttertje click to hear 2 3 The Goldfinch - a famous painting by Carel Fabritius click to hear 2 3 (1622-1654)

raampje click to hear 2
(het) raam click to hear 2 window

radertje click to hear 2 (small cogwheel) ‑>>
- probably from old-fashioned  (het) rad click to hear 2 (wheel)

radijsjes click to hear radishes

rechtertje click to hear 2
(de) rechter click to hear judge ‑>>

rekje click to hear 2 plural:  rekjes click to hear
(het) rek click to hear rack

restje click to hear 2
(de) rest click to hear 2 rest, remainder, 'what remained'

rietje click to hear 2 plural:  rietjes click to hear straw (for drinking)
(het) riet click to hear 2 reed

rijtje click to hear 2
(de) rij click to hear 2 row, line, queue

ringetje click to hear 2 plural:  ringetjes click to hear 2
(de) ring click to hear 2 ring (on finger) ‑>>

ritje click to hear 2 3
(de) rit click to hear ride, drive - from:  rijden click to hear 2 to ride, to drive ‑>>

rompertje click to hear 2 'onesie,' baby clothing leaving arms and legs free
probably from:  (de) romp click to hear 2 trunk, torso, body

rondje click to hear usually 'a round of drinks' or a lap or circuit
from  rond click to hear 2 round
(de) ronde click to hear rounds, round, lap, tour

roosjes click to hear
(de) roos click to hear 2 3 rose ‑>>

rotklusje click to hear 2 unpleasant piece of work
from:  (de) klus click to hear 2 job, piece of work

sardientjes click to hear
from (de) sardine very unusual

sausje click to hear 2
(de) saus click to hear 2 sauce

schaartje click to hear
(de) schaar click to hear (pair of) scissors

scheepje click to hear
(het) schip click to hear ship - note vowel change

scheermesje click to hear razor, 'shaving knife'
(het) mes click to hear 2 3 knife

schepje click to hear
(de) schep click to hear scoop // shovel

schetsje click to hear
(de) schets click to hear 2 sketch, rough drawing, draft, (idea)

schietgebedje click to hear 2 a quick prayer in a moment of peril
(het) gebed click to hear prayer

schilmesje click to hear peeling, paring knife
from:  schillen click to hear 2 to peel - (het) mes click to hear 2 3 knife

schoentje click to hear 2
(de) schoen click to hear shoe

schoonzusje click to hear sister-in-law
zusje click to hear is the common word for sister - (de) zus click to hear is unusual ‑>>

schoothondje click to hear 2 lap dog
(de) hond click to hear dog ‑>>

schoteltje click to hear 2
(de) schotel click to hear saucer, small plate

schouderklopje click to hear 2 pat-on-the-[shoulder]-back
(de) schouder click to hear shoulder and from  kloppen click to hear 2 to knock (on a door, for instance)

schrammetje click to hear 2 minor scratch (on skin)
(de) schram click to hear scratch, torn skin

schuurtje click to hear small shed, like in a garden
(de) schuur click to hear 2 large shed, like on a farm

servetje click to hear 2 3
(de) servet click to hear 2 napkin

sjalotjes click to hear 2 shallots

sketchje click to hear 2 short piece of comedy

slaatje click to hear 2 3 a simple salad or a small serving of salad
from:  (de) sla click to hear lettuce

slabbetje click to hear 2
(de) slab click to hear 2 bib

slablaadje click to hear lettuce leaf
from:  (de) sla click to hear lettuce - (het) blad click to hear
- see  blaadje click to hear above

slangetje click to hear 2 it could be 'a small snake,' but the usual meaning is 'small hose, small rubber tube'
(de) slang click to hear 2 snake // hose

slipje click to hear 2 women's underpants

slokje click to hear sip ‑>>
(de) slok click to hear gulp

smoesje click to hear ‑>>
(de) smoes click to hear 2 a fake excuse

Sneeuwwitje click to hear Snow White

snijplankje click to hear 2 cutting board
from:  snijden click to hear 2 to cut (with a knife) ‑>> // (de) plank click to hear 2 (wooden) board

snoepje click to hear a piece of candy
(de) snoep click to hear candy, sweets

snoepreisje click to hear junket, unnecessary trip by civil servants paid for by tax
(de) reis click to hear 2 trip, journey ‑>>

soldaatjes click to hear homemade croutons for soup
(de) soldaat click to hear soldier ‑>>

sommetje click to hear 2
(de) som click to hear 2 3 sum: calculation // amount of money

een spelletje click to hear 2 3
(het) spel click to hear game ‑>>

spiekbriefje click to hear 2 3 cheat sheet
from:  spieken click to hear cheating on an exam or test by using a cheat sheet or looking at other students' answers - (de) brief click to hear 2 letter (mail) - briefje click to hear small note, short letter // banknote

spijkerjasje click to hear 2 denim jacket
from:  (de) spijkerstof click to hear 2 denim - (de) jas click to hear coat

spinnetje click to hear
(de) spin click to hear spider ‑>>

sprongetje click to hear 2 3
(de) sprong click to hear jump

sprookje click to hear fairytale ‑>>
'(de) sprook' is very unusual

spruitjes click to hear Brussels sprouts ‑>>

staartje click to hear 2
(de) staart click to hear tail

stadje click to hear
(de) stad click to hear city, town

standje click to hear rebuke, criticism of a child's behavior

standje (½English) click to hear 2 small stall of booth selling something or provoding information

stapje click to hear 2
(de) stap click to hear step

stationnetje click to hear 2 3
(het) station click to hear 2 3 4 5 station (bus, train)

steegje click to hear 2 very narrow old city street

steelpannetje click to hear
from:  (de) steel click to hear 2 handle, stem, stick - (de) pan click to hear 2 pan, cooking pot

een stelletje click to hear 2 'a couple' - a glass of  jenever click to hear 2 'Dutch gin' with a glass of beer

stemmetje click to hear
(de) stem click to hear voice // vote

sterretje click to hear 2 small star // sparkling fireworks
(de) ster click to hear

stippeltje stippeltje click to hear 2 dot-dot-dot (fill in yourself)
(de) stip click to hear dot, point

stompje click to hear 2 very short screwdriver
[(de)] stomp click to hear 2 stump, stub // punch (with fist) // blunt (not sharp-ponted)

straaltje click to hear 2 trickle (of liquid)
(de) straal click to hear ray, beam // jet // radius

straatje click to hear - Het Straatje click to hear 'little street' - also a  Vermeer painting
(de) straat click to hear street

straatnaambordje click to hear 2 street name sign
(de) naam click to hear 2 name - (het) bord click to hear plate // board

streepje click to hear 2
(de) streep click to hear 2 3 line, dash, bar

stukje click to hear 2 ‑>>
(het) stuk click to hear 2 3 piece // broken,defective

't Sufferdje click to hear nickname for small local newspaper
(de) sufferd click to hear 2 a not very bright person, a muddlehead

suikerklontje click to hear sugarcube

suikerzakje click to hear small bag of (1 teaspoon of) sugar
(de) zak click to hear 2 bag

taaltje click to hear 2 3 4
(de) taal click to hear 2 3 language

taartje click to hear one-person serving of festive cake
(de) taart click to hear festive cake ‑>>

tafeltje click to hear 2 3 ‑>>
(de) tafel click to hear table

takje click to hear
(de) tak click to hear branch ‑>>

tangetje click to hear 2 3
(de) tang click to hear 2 pliers ‑>>

tasje click to hear small bag // plastic bag
(de) tas click to hear bag

tegeltje click to hear 2
(de) tegel click to hear tile

teiltje click to hear
(de) teil click to hear zinc washtub, large bowl, basin

terrasje click to hear 2 outdoor cafe, sidewalk seating
(het) terras - outdoor cafe, sidewalk seating // patio

theelepeltje click to hear 2 teaspoon
(de) lepel click to hear spoon

theezakjes click to hear tea bags
(de) zak click to hear 2 bag

theezeefje click to hear 2 tea strainer
(de) zeef click to hear strainer

een tijdje click to hear 2 3 ['a little time' - a small amount of time] - a short time, a while
(de) tijd click to hear 2 3 time ‑>;>>

tikje click to hear 2 a touch
'n tikkeltje click to hear 2 3 ~a little, a small amount, a touch
(de) tik click to hear 2 3 slap, tap, rap // tick (of clock)

Titaantjes click to hear little Titans ‑>>

tochtje click to hear (2) small trip
(de) tocht click to hear 2 trip, journey, tour // draft (cold air) ‑>>

toertje click to hear very small trip or travel
(de) toer - tour, trip

toetje click to hear dessert (colloquial) ‑>>

tonnetje click to hear 2 3 small barrel // overweight person
(de) ton click to hear 2 3 barrel // 1000 kilos (2200 Lbs) // 100.000 guilders (colloquial)

tornmesje click to hear 2 'ripper' (unstitching tool) ‑>>
(het) mes click to hear 2 3 knife

torretje click to hear 2
(de) tor click to hear beetle

touwtje click to hear 2 3
(het) touw click to hear 2 rope, string

toverstokje click to hear magic wand ‑>>
(de) stok click to hear stick

traantje click to hear tear, teardrop
(de) traan click to hear tear, teardrop // cod liver oil: (de) levertraan click to hear 2

trapje click to hear stepladder
(de) trap click to hear stairs

treinkaartje click to hear train ticket
(de) kaart click to hear 2 3 card // map

trekje click to hear 2 'trait,' characteristic or habitual behavior of a person, usually unpleasant or annoying ‑>>
(de) trek click to hear 2 migration, move // appetite

trommeltje click to hear 2 3
(de) trommel click to hear 2 jar, tin // drum

tuintje click to hear 2 small garden // special part of garden, e.g. flowerbed
(de) tuin click to hear 2 3 yard, garden ‑>>

tunneltje click to hear
(de) tunnel click to hear 2 3 4 tunnel

turbinetje click to hear 2 3 very small turbine
(de) turbine click to hear 2 3 turbine

tussendoortje click to hear 2 small ['in-between (meals)'] snack
from:  tussen click to hear between

uitje click to hear
1. small onion - from:  (de) ui click to hear 2 3 onion
2. (small) outing, trip - from:  uit click to hear 2 out

uitstapje click to hear (small) outing, trip
from:  (de) stap click to hear step or:  stappen click to hear 2 to step

uurtje click to hear 2 about an hour
(het) uur click to hear hour

vaatje click to hear 2
(het) vat click to hear barrel, cask, drum - note vowel lengthening

vakje click to hear 2 3 'pigeonhole,' compartment
(het) vak click to hear 2 section, area // compartment // trade, profession // subject of study

varkentje click to hear
(het) varken click to hear 2 pig

veldje click to hear
(de) veld click to hear field

velletje click to hear 2
(het) vel click to hear skin

ventje click to hear 2 3
(de) vent click to hear guy, man (slightly unfavorable)

verbandje click to hear small bandaging
(het) verband click to hear bandage // connection, context, 'Gestalt'

verhaaltje click to hear 2 3 4
(het) verhaal click to hear 2 story, fiction

verkleinwoordjes click to hear 2 3 4
verkleinwoorden click to hear 2 diminutives

verlanglijstje click to hear 2 wish list ‑>>
(de) lijst click to hear list // picture frame

verslagje click to hear
(het) verslag click to hear report

een verzetje click to hear 2 diversion, pleasant interruption
from:  verzetten - to move around, change // to resist

vestje click to hear vest
(het) vest click to hear 2 fleece jacket, wool cardigan

villaatje click to hear 2
(de) villa - villa

vingertopje click to hear 2 3 fingertip
(de) top click to hear 2 3 summit // the best

viooltje click to hear violet (flowering plant) // (small violin)
(de) viool click to hear violin

visje click to hear 2 3
(de) vis click to hear fish

vitamientje click to hear 2 vitamin // vitamin pill
(de) vitamine click to hear vitamin

vlaggetje click to hear 2
(de) vlag click to hear flag

vlammetje click to hear 2
(de) vlam click to hear flame

vloerbroodje click to hear loaf of 'freeform bread' (not baked in a breadpan)
(het) brood click to hear 2 3 bread, a loaf of bread

vluggerdje click to hear quickie, 10-minutes speed-chess match
from:  vlug click to hear 2 quick, fast, rapid ‑>>

vogelbadjes click to hear bird baths
(het) bad click to hear 2 3 bath

vogelhuisje click to hear 2 bird feeder ‑>>
(het) huis click to hear 2 house

vogelnestje click to hear 2 bird's nest
(het) nest click to hear nest

vogeltje click to hear 2
(de) vogel click to hear 2 bird

voorafje click to hear appetizer

voorproefje click to hear 2 foretaste
from:  proeven click to hear 2 to taste

vorkje click to hear
(de) vork click to hear fork

vriendinnetje click to hear 2 a child's female little friend // girlfriend
(de) vriendin click to hear female friend ‑>>

vriendje click to hear a child's little male friend // boyfriend // special friend
(de) vriend click to hear 2 (male) friend ‑>>

vrouwtje click to hear small woman // a pet's 'mother' // female animal
(de) vrouw click to hear woman

vuiltje click to hear 2 3 speck of dirt, small piece of garbage
[(het)] vuil click to hear 2 dirt, garbage // dirty, unclean

vuurtje click to hear 2 [little fire] - 'light' for a cigarette
(het) vuur click to hear 2 fire ‑>>

wagentje click to hear
(de) wagen click to hear cart, car

washandje click to hear washcloth
from:  wassen click to hear 2 to wash ‑>> - (de) hand click to hear hand

weggetje click to hear 2
[(de)] weg click to hear way, road // away ‑>>

wijsje click to hear simple song

wijwaterbakje click to hear small holy water bowl
(de) bak click to hear 2 open box

winkeltje click to hear 2
(de) winkel click to hear 2 shop, store ‑>>

winkelwagentje click to hear 2 shopping cart
(de) wagen click to hear cart, car

winterkoninkje click to hear 2 [little Winter king] - wren, winterwren (a small bird)
(de) koning click to hear king

wissewasje click to hear unimportant, minor thing, trifle

woordje click to hear 2
(het) woord click to hear word ‑>>

worstjes click to hear
(de) worst click to hear sausage

zakje click to hear 2
(de) zak click to hear 2 bag

zeentjes click to hear sinews, small tough pieces in meat

zeepflesje click to hear (liquid) soap bottle
(de) fles click to hear bottle

zegje click to hear 2 'say,' (forceful) opinion statement
from:  zeggen click to hear 2 3 to say ‑>>

zilvervisje click to hear 2 silverfish, an unpleasant bug
(de) vis click to hear fish

zinnetje click to hear 2 short sentence
(de) zin click to hear 2 sentence // sense // desire // a.o. ‑>>

zitje click to hear 2 a child's special seat // seating arrangement
from:  zitten click to hear to sit ‑>>

zonnetje click to hear 2
(de) zon click to hear / de zon click to hear sun / the sun ‑>>

zoontje click to hear 2
(de) zoon click to hear 2 3 son ‑>>

zootje click to hear 2
(de) zooi click to hear 2 3 / (de) rotzooi click to hear 2 trash, garbage - irrelevant, annoying stuff (the I was dropped)

zusje click to hear sister
(de) zus click to hear sister - is unusual - zusje is the common word for 'sister' ‑>>

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