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The 20 Most Common German Words for Money

Geld regiert die Welt, money makes the world go ’round! Though I don’t necessarily agree with that statement, money undoubtedly has been an integral part of almost every society for a long time and Germany is no exception. Therefore it’s no surprise that there are many words in colloquial German that replace the official term Geld.

Together with the Deutsch Happen and Deutsch Sprechen communities on Facebook we curated the Top 20 words for money in colloquial German.

Many thanks to all our community members who have contributed to the list!

Top 20 Colloquial and Common German Words for Money

  1. Kohle
  2. Knete
  3. Piepen
  4. Zaster
  5. Mäuse
  6. Kröten
  7. Kies
  8. Schotter
  9. Moneten
  10. Mücken
  11. Euronen
  12. Moos
  13. Penunsen
  14. Taler
  15. Schütte
  16. Asche
  17. Pinke (auch: Pinkepinke)
  18. Lappen (für Geldscheine)
  19. Bimbes
  20. Bares
  21. Heu
  22. Takken (auch: Tacken)

In this Thesaurus you can find even more common German expressions for the word Geld.

And to give you some context, here are some popular German expressions and sayings around Geld. If you can think of others, feels contact me. I’m happy to add them!

Etwas auf Heller und Pfenning zurückzahlen.
To pay something back by the dollar and cent. 

Zeit ist Geld.
Time is money.

Geld stinkt nicht.
Money has no smell.

Geld wie Heu haben.
To have money like hay. = To be very rich.

Der Rubel rollt.
The ruble rolls. = Money is coming in. The cash till keeps ringing.

Nur Bares ist Wahres.
Only cash is real. = Money talks. Cash is king.

Ohne Moos nix los.
Without money nothing happens. No money no action.

Bei Geld hört jede Freundschaft auf.
Money breaks any friendship; Never a borrower or a lender be (Shakespeare, Hamlet 1604 / Mark Twain)

schnöder Mammon
filthy lucre

Jemandem das Geld aus der Tasche ziehen.
To pull out money out of someone’s pocket.


Picture by Elio Capelati Junior via Flickr | First published on Deutsch Happen – bite-sized German lessons for self-learners

  • Julia Reed

    Sheer impressive list of German words for money! Never thought that it could be so many, and most of them are pretty amusing and surprising to me, but what can I say: I just started learning it 🙂 Thanks for sharing, especially for providing the context!