What does altes Haus mean?

Was geht, altes Haus?

Does it mean “What’s up, pal”?

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4 – Person, Mensch


umgangssprachlich scherzhaft


er ist ein fideles, gemütliches, gelehrtes Haus

wie gehts, altes Haus (alter Freund)



Yes, altes Haus is probably best described as pal or bro. Someone which needs to a good friend or a guy from your clique you see regularly. I would say a good English translation, which gives you the right feeling is

Whaddup, bro!?

You (maybe) souldn't use it at work, but with your homies it is OK.

  • I'd say Altes Haus is more like Old Chap. Bro sounds too much like frat kids, and Altes Haus is more of an older term.
    – Robert
    Jan 1, 2014 at 21:05

The Great Gatsby says old chap in English, and altes Haus in at least one German translation that I have read (Johanna Elsworth — 2011).

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