kriegen (third-person singular simple present kriegt, past tense kriegte, past participle gekriegt, auxiliary haben)
- (chiefly colloquial) to get
- (chiefly colloquial) to catch, to come down with
- (dated, rare) to war
- Kriegen is relatively infrequent in the formal standard language, which prefers bekommen or erhalten instead. However, kriegen is very frequent in colloquial German, where the verb often retains the vowel shortening that is occurring in local dialects in the second and third person singular of verbs. Thus, (du) kriegst is often pronounced /kʁɪs(t)/, (er) kriegt may be /kʁɪkt/, /kʁɪç(t)/. These pronunciations are not used for the rare sense “to war”.
Composed forms of kriegen