See also: laß, lȧss, and låss

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English lasse, from Old Norse laskura (an unmarried woman, maiden). Cognate with Scots lassie.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /læs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æs

NounEdit

lass (plural lasses)

  1. (archaic in some dialects, informal) A young woman or girl.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:girl
    Coordinate term: lad
    Come and dance, ye lads and lasses!
  2. (Tyneside, Mackem) A sweetheart.

Usage notesEdit

Still prevalent in Scottish English, Irish English, North East England, and Yorkshire. Sometimes used poetically in other dialects of English.

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ReferencesEdit

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • lass in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “lass”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • Frank Graham (1987) The New Geordie Dictionary, →ISBN
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [2]

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

lass

  1. singular imperative of lassen
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of lassen

Further readingEdit

  • lass” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • lass” in Duden online

LuxembourgishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle High German lōs, from Old High German *los, variant of lōs (loose; free; lacking; sly, deceitful). Compare for the short vowel Ripuarian Central Franconian loss, Dutch los. The uninflected stem of this adjective develops regularly into Luxembourgish lass, while the inflected stem yields the doublet lues (slow, quiet). See the English cognate loose for more.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

lass (masculine lassen, neuter lasst, comparative méi lass, superlative am lassten)

  1. loose, unattached

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SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Old Swedish las. Originally the past participle of a verb derived from Proto-Germanic *hlaþaną (to load). Doublet of lada and last.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

lass n

  1. load

DeclensionEdit

Declension of lass 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative lass lasset lass lassen
Genitive lass lassets lass lassens

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YolaEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English los, from Old English los.

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NounEdit

lass

  1. loss

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

lass

  1. Alternative form of lhose
    • 1867, “A YOLA ZONG”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 2:
      Th' valler w'speen here, th' lass ee chourch-hey.
      The more we spend here, the less in the churchyard.

ReferencesEdit

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 52 & 84