What's the meaning of male in this expression?
Antwort: "Nein, heute nachmittag male ich. Danke."
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It means "painting" in this context.
No, this afternoon I'm painting. Thanks.
male is the conjugated form of malen.
The verb malen means to draw or to paint. In the sentence
Heute Nachmittag male ich.
you have the conjugated form, male, without a terminating n. (Also notice that Nachmittag beginns with a capital letter, because it is a noun.) The seven conjugated forms of malen are:
- ich male → I paint
- du malst → you paint
- er/sie/es malt → he/she/it paints
- wir malen → we paint
- ihr malt → you paint
- sie malen → they paint
honorific (singular or plural)
- Sie malen → you paint
Without more context this can be anything between painting the walls of a newly rented appartement (more in the colloqquial sense, since streichen would be the more appropriate verb) to creating something like a painting or just some powerpoint slides.
The generic meaning is creating something coloured.