kreilis

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Kreile

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *sker-, *ker-, *kr̥- (to turn, to bend), changed to Proto-Baltic *krei-, with a suffix -r, giving rise to an adjective *kreiras > *kreilas (cf. archaic adjective krails (bent, crooked)) and a noun *kreiris. The meaning evolved from “bent, crooked” to “not strong, clumsy, weaker, less good,” hence “left (hand),” as opposed to the “good,” “able” right hand, and then to “left-hander.” Cognates include Lithuanian kairỹs (left-hander) ( < *krairys).[1]

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NounEdit

kreilis m (2nd declension, feminine form: kreile)

  1. (male) left-hander, left-handed man (someone who is better with his left hand than with his right hand)
    kreiļi dod priekšroku kreisajai rokai un kājaileft-handers give preference to (their) left hand and foot

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ReferencesEdit

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