Is there a German dictionary that lists words with the same root together, e.g., where abstimmen, mitbestimmen, zustimmen etc. are listed under stimmen?

  • 1
    Not that I would know of. Your example is a good one insofar as it shows the questionable use of such a list - the composed verbs use the common root "Stimme" == vote, while "stimmen" (which you assume to be a 'final' root) goes back to another root meaning tune (both roots have another common one == voice). I am not sure what you would want to achieve which such lists.
    – tofro
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 12:36
  • 3
    Would wildcards in an electronic dictionary help? E.g. *stimmen in Canoo or Leo.
    – Crissov
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 13:06
  • @Crissov Right, thanks. "Dictionary" normally makes my brain switch to "paper mode"
    – tofro
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 13:11
  • 1
    Many thanks, tofro and @Crissov, for your answers. I hadn't tried wildcards, but have just tried them in Leo and got what I was looking for. Perfect. Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 13:15
  • 1
    @Crissov I have just checked, the wildcard *stimmen also works with the CD-ROM versions of the Duden dictionaries.
    – user9551
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 13:42

5 Answers 5


Canoonet offers quite a nice clickable word formation tree for many word stems including stimmen.

A click on Wordformation will lead to the following tree (only shown in part):

enter image description here

One level above would be for the stem Stimme with even more derivations.

Also see this related question (in German):

  • 1
    A really nice one I didn't know! +1 for the enlightenment!
    – tofro
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 19:44
  • 2
    As of 2023 this website is defunct and the shown functionality not available publicly anymore by their successors: "Die Technologie, die für die Wortbildung verwendet wurde, verblieb bei der IMTF. Diese Informationen sind daher bei LEO leider nicht in gleichem Umfang verfügbar. Sie können eine Wörterbuchsuche mit * (z.B. *terrasse*) verwenden, um zusammengesetzte Begriffe zu finden. Die weitergehenden Informationen können wir aber leider nicht bieten" from dict.leo.org/pages/about/ende/canoonet_de.html Commented Aug 29, 2023 at 9:23

Howard Kellerʹs 1978 "A German Word Family Dictionary" is pretty useful.


The Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache offers the word list you are looking for.



Scroll down the screen till "Etymologie", and click on the blue "Mehr"


Go to https://www.verbformen.com/ and scroll down to the right to "Derivatives." (Not all verbs are provided with a list.)For example, for können:

≡ abkönnen ≡ ankönnen ≡ dafürkönnen ≡ dazukönnen ≡ durchkönnen ≡ fortkönnen ≡ heimkönnen ≡ herankönnen ≡ herkönnen ≡ hinkönnen ≡ hochkönnen ≡ loskönnen ≡ mitkönnen ≡ nachkönnen ≡ rankönnen ≡ rauskönnen ≡ reinkönnen ≡ umhinkönnen ≡ wegkönnen Also check Reverso Conjugation at https://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-rules-model-german.html. Under "Models" you will find lists of verbs which conjugate the same. Most have the same stems. Then go to In general, the prefix be- makes the verb transitive, intensifies the meaning and shifts focus to the direct object. Often the verb with be- can acquire a completely new meaning over time. If you can face the discouragement, go to https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liste_deutscher_Pr%C3%A4fixe#Pr%C3%A4fixe_mit_Verben. But be prepared to cry.


My Wortbildungswoerterbuch is unfortunately only available in a few English university libraries, but I started with the compact but reliable Sprach-Brockhaus which is still available if you are prepared to pay rather inflated second-hand prices.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.