żagħżugħ

MalteseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Arabic زَعْزُوع(zaʿzūʿ, thin, meagre, lanky) or a variant of it. There exists also a form زُغْزُغ(zuḡzuḡ, short, small) and the Maltese plural żgħażagħ, instead of *żgħaża', would suggest that the original Arabic consonant was probably غ().

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

żagħżugħ (feminine singular żagħżugħa, plural żgħażagħ)

  1. young
    Antonym: xiħ

Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

żagħżugħ m (plural żgħażagħ or subien, feminine tfajla or xebba)

  1. adolescent or young man; youth

Usage notesEdit

  • The plural żgħażagħ usually includes females. The plural subien is used to specify the masculine.