3 of my favorite Loooong A** German Words!

In German, words are often put together ( “compound words”) to create new words. As an example: “Krankenschwester” means nurse and literally translated “sister of the sick people” (“krank” = sick,  “die Schwester” = sister). As there are so many compound words in German language, I thought I might just introduce you to some of the craziest ones. So here are 3 German f****** long words that will make you either laugh or cry…. or both! 😉


1) “Toilettenbürstenbenutzungsanweisung”

This one is my personal favorite, because it actually finds some application in real life (maybe not a lot, but it does!). It means “Toilet brush instructions for use”.

Number of letters: 35

Here we go:

  • Die Toilette = The toilet
  • Die Brüste = Brush
  • Benutzungsanweisung = Instructions for use

By the way: With these detailed instructions you are supposed to use the toilet brush properly if you ever find your way to Germany! 🙂

  • Ganz falsch = totally wrong
  • Falsch = wrong
  • Fast richtig = almost right
  • Richtig = right

2) “Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerk-

Actually this is one word, no hyphen, but it was too long to fit on one line. The word contains 80 letters and 3 “f” in a row.

You can listen to it here: ( If it’s not working: You might have to install Flashplayer, try a different browser or just listen to it on wikipedia)


It means: “Association for subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services” (the name of a pre-war club in Vienna) Oha. Very important as you can see!

Here we go:

  • Donau: Danube (a river in Germany)
  • Dampfschiff: Steam boat
  • Die Fahrt: Ride
  • Elektrizität: Electricity
  • Haupt-: Main (Head)
  • Betriebswerk: Engine facilities
  • Bauunter: Doesn’t really mean anything.
    (Der Bauunternehmer is a contractor/bilder.)
  • Der Beamte: Official
  • Die Gesellschaft: Association

By the way: This word makes my head swim as well 😉


3) Rhababerbarbarabarbarbarenbartbarbierbierbarbärbel

This word doesn’t really mean anything, but you can impress quite a lot if you are able to say it (I can’t even!)

Number of letters: 50
Translation: the Barbie of the bar where the beer of the beard barber for the barbarians of Rhubarb’s Barbara’s bar is sold

See video below for an explanation



By the way: This is even hard for native speakers so please don’t despair! 😉

You can find the script here.


“That’s it?! I want to know more such words!” Sorry that you’re so keen on learning German that you’ve already memorized all of the above.  I thought 3 words would be enough for a start. However, if you feel like you want to know more long ass German words and have a good laugh, you can check out this youtube video 😉


Viel Spaß! 🙂


Do you know more such long words? Maybe in another language than German? Write it in the comments!


March 21, 2016

6 responses on "3 of my favorite Loooong A** German Words!"

  1. Profile photo of manishkumararora

    Hallo Ania,

    In the explanation of first word: It’s written: Die Brüste = Brush. It is Die Bürste = Brush.

  2. Profile photo of dthobanitheo

    “Ngiyakukhathazekisa”, which means “I worry you in Zulu (South African language) is one of the longest words I know

  3. Profile photo of cyrusskunky

    “FabulushMcwumplica”! meaning fabulously wonderful in Skunkunish.

  4. Profile photo of wienerschlider

    The English language isn’t known for its long words. That is mostly because we know how to make sentences 😀
    That being said; here’s the longest word in English. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. It is a medical word to describe a lung disease caused by inhaling dust and ash contracted typically by miners. My English teacher mother (now retired) made me memorize the spelling of this word and take it to school when I was ten years old. Believe it or not, I can still spell this word fifty years later. Which is really good for a guy who can’t find his car keys.

  5. Profile photo of cyrusskunky

    the longest word in the English language is, occording to the Oxford Dictionary, pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

  6. Profile photo of ccorreia814

    Lake Chaubunagungamaug – The name of a lake in the state of Massachusetts, USA.
    Unfortunately, Wikipedia does not have an audio of the pronunciation yet.

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