German word of the day: Strotzen

Rachel Stern
Rachel Stern - [email protected] • 5 Jul, 2019 Updated Fri 5 Jul 2019 11:33 CEST
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Strotzen is a powerful word which can emphasize many different things, in both a positive and negative way.

The verb can be applied to both an abundance of a personality traits, such as energy or health, or to describe a large display of something - be it dirt or a fashion accessory. 

If you’re a person with tireless energy, ready to bounce out of bed when the alarm goes off at 6 a.m., it can be said that you “vor Energie strotzen” or that you abound with energy.

On the same token, if you’re graced with great health, you could “vor Gesundheit strotzen”, or be beaming with radiant health.

If you feel like this, it can be said that you 'strotzen' with energy. Photo: depositphotos/massonforstock

Yet “strotzen” also carries a negative connotation if you describe something full of mistakes or errors. A document could “vor Fehlern strotzen” - or abound with mistakes. 

Yet if you’re a writer and hear “strotzen” applied to your work, fear not: the term “vor Information strotzen” can also means that something is full of useful details. 

If you’re planning on playing in the mud - or have children who are - you might want to learn the phrase “vor Dreck strotzen”, which can mean that something is caked with dirt or is thick with dirt.

If later in the day you wash of that dirt, and dress up elegantly for a fancy dinner party, you might hear the phrase “von Juwelen strotzen” - or full of jewelry - to describe, for example, the accessories to a dress. 


Sie strotz vor Gesundheit.

She is beaming with good health.

Er hat ein Geständnis abgelegt, aber es strotzte vor Fehlern.

He made a confession, but it was full of errors.







Rachel Stern 2019/07/05 11:33

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