slinks

EnglishEdit

VerbEdit

slinks

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of slink

LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From a (still dialectally attested) verb slinkt (to creep, to crawl, to go slowly) (cf. Lithuanian sliñkti (to crawl slowly)), from Proto-Baltic *slink-, from a reduced grade of Proto-Indo-European *slenk- (to turn, to twist, to wind; to drag oneself, to creep, to crawl) (perhaps in confluence with Proto-Indo-European *(s)lēg-, *(s)leg- (to be languid)). The meaning went from “to crawl, to creep” to “to move slowly, lazily,” “to be lazy,” or, for the adjective slinks, from “slow-moving” to “lazy.” Cognates include Lithuanian sliñkas.[1]

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

slinks (definite slinkais, comparative slinkāks, superlative visslinkākais, adverb slinki)

  1. lazy (who is given to idleness, who typically does not like, is reluctant to work, to do something)
    slinks darbinieks, talciniekslazy employee, helper
    slinks strādnieks, skolniekslazy worker, schoolchild
    slinks zirgslazy horse

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ “slinks” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.
Last modified on 24 September 2013, at 17:25