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Old ArmenianEdit

EtymologyEdit

The origin is unknown.

Ačaṙyan wonders whether the first part is the preposition առ (aṙ) and leaves the origin open.[1] According to J̌ahukyan, the word is probably composed of the preposition առ (aṙ) +‎ *ավիր (*avir), the latter an unknown root perhaps of Iranian origin.[2] In this respect compare Northern Kurdish vir (lie).

According to Ałayan, the word originally meant “empty, vain talk” and is composed of the preposition առ(ա)- (aṙ(a)-) +‎ *վիր (*vir, nonsense, silly prattle), a hypothetical unattested root from Proto-Indo-European *werh₁- (to speak). He also connects վեռ (veṙ).[3]

AdverbEdit

առաւիր (aṙawir)

  1. in vain
    թէ առաւիրtʿē aṙawirin vain

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971), “առաւիր”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), volume I, 2nd edition, reprint of the original 1926–1935 seven-volume edition, Yerevan: University Press, page 256a
  2. ^ J̌ahukyan, Geworg (2010), “առաւիր”, in Vahan Sargsyan, editor, Hayeren stugabanakan baṙaran [Armenian Etymological Dictionary] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Asoghik, page 73b
  3. ^ Ałayan, Ēduard (1974) Baṙakʿnnakan ew stugabanakan hetazotutʿyunner [Lexicological and Etymological Studies] (in Armenian), Yerevan: Academy Press, pages 23–24

Further readingEdit

  • Petrosean, H. Matatʿeay V. (1879), “առաւիր”, in Nor Baṙagirkʿ Hay-Angliarēn [New Dictionary Armenian–English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Awetikʿean, G.; Siwrmēlean, X.; Awgerean, M. (1836–1837), “առաւիր”, in Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy