EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English gnast, knast, from Old English *gnāst (spark) (attested in fȳrgnāst (spark of fire)), from Proto-Germanic *gahnaistô (spark), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + Proto-Germanic *hnaistô (spark), perhaps from the ultimate (imitative) source of German knistern (to crackle).[1]

Cognate with German dialectal Ganster (spark), Danish gnist (spark, sparkle), Swedish gnista (spark), Icelandic gneisti, neisti (spark), German Gneis (spark, gneiss) (whence English gneiss).

NounEdit

gnast (plural gnasts)

  1. (obsolete) A spark; a dying or dead spark, as of a snuffed candle.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English gnasten, gnaisten, from Old English *gnǣstan, from Proto-Germanic *gnaistijaną, causative of *gnīstijaną (to grind), from Proto-Indo-European *ghneidh-, *gʰneyd- (to gnaw, scratch, rub). Cognate with Saterland Frisian knasterje (to gnash), German Low German gnatschen (to knead, gnash), German knastern (to gnash), Icelandic gnesta (to crack).

VerbEdit

gnast (third-person singular simple present gnasts, present participle gnasting, simple past and past participle gnasted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, obsolete) To gnash.
Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013), “gnaistan”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 183

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Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English *gnāst, from Proto-Germanic *gahnaistô.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡnast/, /ɡnɔːst/

NounEdit

gnast

  1. spark (small fire)
  2. ash (burnt-out lit matter)

DescendantsEdit

  • English: gnast

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