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A feeling for language; an ear for the idiomatically correct or appropriate.

[German : Sprache, language (from Middle High German sprāche, from Old High German sprāhha) + Gefühl, feeling (from fühlen, to feel, from Middle High German vuelen, from Old High German vuolen; see pāl- in Indo-European roots).]
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(Linguistics) literary a natural ability with, or instinct for using, a language
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(ˈʃprɑx gəˌfül)

German. a sensitivity to what is grammatically or idiomatically appropriate in a given language.
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Noun1.sprachgefuhl - an intuitive feeling for the natural idiom of a language; "Dubyuh has no sprachgefuhl"
intuitive feeling, feeling - an intuitive understanding of something; "he had a great feeling for music"
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