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See also: Pasaka, paśaka, and pasakā



 pasaka on Latvian Wikipedia
Pasaku grāmata


From pa- +‎ the verb sacīt (to say, to tell) (in its present tense stem sak-); cf. dialectal saka (tale, saying). The original meaning was thus “something to be said, told.” Cognates include Lithuanian pãsaka.[1]


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pasaka f (4th declension)

  1. legend, folktale, fairy tale (folkloric narrative, typically including fantastic or magic elements; the corresponding folkloric genre)
    vākt, publicēt tautas pasakasto collect, to publish folk tales
    latviešu tautas pasakasLatvian folktales
    pasaku teicējs, stastītājsstoryteller
    pasaku grāmatabook of folktales
    stastīt bērniem pasakasto tell fairy tales to the children
    dzīvnieku pasakasanimal tales
    K. Skalbes pasakasK. Skalbe's fairy tales
  2. (figuratively) uncommonly beautiful, pleasant, good
    kā pasakāas in a fairy tale (i.e., very good, very beautiful)
    tā nebija platmale, bet pasaka!that was not a hat, but a fairy tale!
    visiem tas šķita pasaka, nevis kuģisto all it seemed more like a fairy tale than a ship
  3. (usually in the plural) nonsense, fantasy, exaggerations, rumors
    nestāsti nu pasakas!don't you tell fairy tales!
    tās ir tīrās pasakasthis is pure fantasy


Derived termsEdit



  1. 3rd person singular present indicative form of pasacīt
  2. 3rd person plural present indicative form of pasacīt
  3. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of pasacīt
  4. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of pasacīt


  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “pasaka”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7



pãsaka f (plural pãsakos)

  1. fairy tale