Tool for German word breakdown

Does anyone know of any website and/or tool that automatically breaks down long German words into its constituent words, if applicable?

I know this may sound unnecessary to those who already have mastered a sufficiently large vocabulary, but during the course of my learning I find myself being introduced to long new words without knowing any or most of the words of which it is made up. And like most people, I prefer to deal with smaller chunks.

Currently I am figuring this out manually, but it is time consuming, and if such a tool exists, it would be nice to have it added to my growing collection of resources. Thanks in advance!

July 9, 2015


I've found it. It's called canoonet. You search for a word, for example "wahrscheinlich", then you choose the option Wordformation (wortbildung). Then it'll show how the word is formed. Wahr (true)+ schein (appearance)+ lich (ly)= wahrscheinlich (likely).

Good luck!

July 9, 2015

That's what I was looking for. They're not easy to find on Google, so thank you for sharing!

July 9, 2015

You're welcome!

July 10, 2015

Hey thanks, I was looking for something like that. I wish it would translate the words also because this way i still have to translate one by one so it is still time consuming. Does anyone know any site that does the same thing only translates the words to english also?

March 20, 2016

Looking for the same thing! Did you find any?

August 18, 2016

It says that the site is under construction. Can you suggest another similar site or service?

August 30, 2019

Nice. You had one that I didn't have on my list. Lingots...

July 9, 2015

I've tried this, but it doesn't lay it out as you say, which really sounds perfect. It's more of a diagram and all in German.

January 22, 2019
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