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LatvianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the same stem as slieka(earthworm) (q.v.): Proto-Indo-European *ley-(humid, mucuous, sticky, slippery, smooth). The semantic evolution was probably “sticky, slippery” > “smooth” > “thin” > “tall, slender”.[1]

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AdjectiveEdit

slaiks (def. slaikais, comp. slaikāks, sup. visslaikākais; adv. slaiki)

  1. (of people, body parts) tall, slender, slim
    slaiks, gaišmatains puisis‎ ― slender, fair-haired guy
    viņa bija skaista, slaika meita ar tumšbrūniem matiem‎ ― she was a beautiful, slender girl with dark brown hair
  2. (of trees, their trunks) slender (with a tall, straight trunk without branches)
    slaikas priedes‎ ― tall, slender pine trees
    kokiem slaiki stumbri‎ ― the trees (have) tall, slender trunks
  3. (of plants) slender, straight (having straight stems)
    ceriņi, trausli un slaiki‎ ― lilacs, delicate and slender
  4. (of objects) slender, slim (thin and relatively tall, high)
    slaiks tornis‎ ― high, slender tower
    'slaikas sveces‎ ― tall, slender candles
  5. (of movements) broad
    iet ar slaiku soli‎ ― to go with broad step(s)
    lidmašīna apmeta slaiku loku‎ ― the airplane made a broad circle

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ReferencesEdit

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