See also: Laken

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Etymology

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From Dutch laken.

Noun

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laken (plural lakens)

  1. sheet, bedsheet

Dutch

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈlaːkə(n)/
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  • Hyphenation: la‧ken
  • Rhymes: -aːkən

Etymology 1

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From Middle Dutch lāken, from Old Dutch *lakan, from Proto-Germanic *lakaną (linen, cloth).

Noun

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laken n (plural lakens, diminutive lakentje n)

  1. (uncountable) woollen broadcloth (fulled and woven fabric made of wool), very sought-after for clothing in the feudal era
  2. (countable) bedsheet
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Descendants
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  • Negerhollands: laak, laeken, laken
  • Caribbean Javanese: laken
  • Papiamentu: laken, laker

Etymology 2

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From Middle Dutch lāken. Equivalent to lak +‎ -en.

Verb

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laken

  1. (transitive) to criticize, reproach, denounce
    De gasten van dat groezelig motel laken tevergeefs de gebrekkige hygiëne van de lakens.
    The guests in that sleazy motel denounce in vain the poor sheets hygiene.
Inflection
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Conjugation of laken (weak)
infinitive laken
past singular laakte
past participle gelaakt
infinitive laken
gerund laken n
present tense past tense
1st person singular laak laakte
2nd person sing. (jij) laakt laakte
2nd person sing. (u) laakt laakte
2nd person sing. (gij) laakt laakte
3rd person singular laakt laakte
plural laken laakten
subjunctive sing.1 lake laakte
subjunctive plur.1 laken laakten
imperative sing. laak
imperative plur.1 laakt
participles lakend gelaakt
1) Archaic.
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Etymology 3

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Noun

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laken

  1. plural of laak

Middle Dutch

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Etymology 1

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From Old Dutch *lakan, from Proto-Germanic *lakaną.

Noun

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lāken n

  1. broadcloth
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Etymology 2

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From lac +‎ -en, from Proto-Germanic *laka-, related to *lak(k)ōn- (to blame, reproach), from Proto-Indo-European *lok-néh₂-. Cognate with English lack.

Verb

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lāken

  1. to decrease, to diminish, to become less
  2. to lack, to be insufficient
  3. to criticise, to denounce
  4. to stain, to soil, to violate (honour or value)
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Further reading

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Norwegian Bokmål

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Etymology 1

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From Middle Low German laken.

Noun

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laken n (definite singular lakenet, indefinite plural laken or lakener, definite plural lakena or lakenene)

  1. a bedsheet
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Etymology 2

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Noun

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laken m

  1. definite singular of lake

References

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Norwegian Nynorsk

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Noun

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laken m

  1. definite singular of lake

Swedish

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Noun

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laken

  1. definite singular of lake

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