Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/þegnaz

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-GermanicEdit

EtymologyEdit

Often compared with Ancient Greek τέκνον (téknon, child). Kroonen instead sees a derivation from *þigjaną (to request, beg).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

*þegnaz m

  1. retainer, servant

InflectionEdit

masculine a-stemDeclension of *þegnaz (masculine a-stem)
singular plural
nominative *þegnaz *þegnōz, *þegnōs
vocative *þegn *þegnōz, *þegnōs
accusative *þegną *þegnanz
genitive *þegnas, *þignis *þegnǫ̂
dative *þignai *þegnamaz
instrumental *þegnō *þegnamiz

DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN