кукер

BulgarianEdit

 
кукери (kukeri)

EtymologyEdit

Technically reflecting Proto-Slavic *kukyrъ, possibly derived from Proto-Slavic *kukъ, *kuka (feisty spirit) + -ер (-er).

Alternative theories propose borrowed origin from a term, akin to Bulgarian кукла (kukla, toy, puppet) (Greek loanword) or Bulgarian гу́гла (gúgla, hood) (Latin loanword), both ultimately from Latin cucūllus (hood, covering for the read).

NounEdit

ку́кер (kúkerm

  1. (dialectal) kuker (person dressed in a carnival costume, who chases evil spirits in specific days of the year)
    Synonyms: бабугер (babuger), станчинар (stančinar)

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DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • кукер in Rečnik na bǎlgarskija ezik (Institut za bǎlgarski ezik)
  • кукер in Rečnik na bǎlgarskija ezik (Čitanka.Info)
  • Georgiev Vl. I., editor (1986) , “кукер¹”, in Български етимологичен речник [Bulgarian Etymological Dictionary] (in Bulgarian), volume 3, Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, page 89