MalteseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Root
d-j-q

From Arabic ضَيِّق(ḍayyiq). The expected form would be *dajjaq due to the originally emphatic (compare tajjeb). This influence was either levelled out in Maltese or the underlying form was a dissimilated variant dayyiq, ḏayyiq, which exists in several Arabic dialects.

AdjectiveEdit

dejjaq (feminine singular dejqa, plural dejqin, comparative idjaq)

  1. narrow

Etymology 2Edit

From a merger of Arabic ضَيَّقَ(ḍayyaqa) and ضايَقَ(ḍāyaqa), both from etymology 1.

VerbEdit

dejjaq (imperfect jdejjaq, past participle mdejjaq)

  1. to narrow; make something narrow
  2. to bore; to displease; to annoy; to depress
Derived termsEdit