zābaks

LatvianEdit

Zābaki

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

An old, pre-13th-century borrowing from Old East Slavic забогъ (zabogŭ); cf. Russian сапог (sapóg), dialectal забог (zabog), already mentioned in 17th-century dictionaries, and also in 15th- and 16th-century family names. An old feminine variant zābaka, already attested in 17th-century dictionaries, persisted until the 19th century, when it finally disappeared.[1]

PronunciationEdit

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NounEdit

zābaks m (1st declension)

  1. boot (footwear with short or long tops)
    viriešu, sieviešu zābaki — men's, women's boots
    gumijas zābaki — rubber boots
    slēpju, slidu zābaki — ski, skate boots
    garie zābaki — long boots
    zābaku saites, auklas — boot laces
    aizsaitēt zābakus — to tie up (one's) boots
    vilkt kājās zābakus — to put boots on

DeclensionEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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