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drēgns

See also: dregns

LatvianEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Baltic *dreg- (with an adjectivizing suffix -n, and expressive lengthening of the e; compare dialectal variant dregns with short e), from Proto-Indo-European *der- (to tear, to pluck, to slice) (whence also dīrāt (to skin, to flay), q.v.) with an extra suffix -gʰ (*der-gʰ, *dr-egʰ). From the original meaning, “to tear” > “to skin, to flay,” a number of other meanings were developed, relating to something unpleasant or repulsive (compare dergties (to feel disgusted)); in the case of drēgns, unpleasant cold and humidity. Cognates include Lithuanian drė́gnas.[1]

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

drēgns (def. drēgnais, comp. drēgnāks, sup. visdrēgnākais; adv. drēgni)

  1. (weather) cold and humid
    drēgns laiks, gaiss, klimatscold, humid weather, air, climate
    drēgns pagrabscold, humid cellar
    drēgns rītscold, humid morning
    drēgna miglacold, humid mist, fog
    bija pelēki drēgna diena — it was a gray, cold, humid day

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “drēgns” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.