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EtymologyEdit

Attested from mid-16th century. Via Middle Low German stevel or Danish støvle, from Italian stivale (a boot), from Old French estival, of ultimate Latin uncertain origin; altered by association with stíga (to step).[1]

Belief that it derives from the Icelandic verb stíga (to step) and vél (a machine) similar to borvél (a drill; literally a drilling machine), eldavél (a cooking stove; literally a cooking machine) and þvottavél (washing machine) is a folk etymology.[1] This may be inferred from the fact that stígvél is a neuter noun while vél and the other compounds listed are feminine nouns.[1]

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stígvél n (genitive singular stígvéls, nominative plural stígvél)

  1. a boot

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