žigls

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Lithuanian žiglùs (quick, fast).[1]

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Adjective[edit]

žigls (def. žiglais, comp. žiglāks, sup. visžiglākais; adv. žigli)

  1. fast, quick, swift, agile (capable of traveling long distances in a short amount of time)
    bet meiteni puisis meklēja žiglu kā piekrastes bezdelīgu — but the young man was looking for a girl as quick as a coastal swallow
    celmu, stumbru caurumos slēpās žiglas caunas, jo te netrūka nedz putnu, nedz sīku dzīvnieku, kam tās uzglūnēja — in the holes in trees and stumps the quick, agile martens hid, because there was in that place no shortage of birds or small animals to ambush
    bet mākslinieka žiglais zīmulis fiksē dzīves īstenību — but the artist's quick, agile pencil fixed (= captured) the reality of life
    kā zelta spāres zibēja caur koku lapām pilsētas ugunis, viņai kājas bija kļuvušas mundras un žiglas — like golden dragonflies, the fires (= lights) of the city flashed through the tree leaves, (and) her legs had become lively and quick, agile
  2. fast, quick (which happens rapidly; which lasts a short time)
    iet žiglā gaitā — to go at a quick pace
    Frančesko Skarlati gāja žiglā solī, laikiem negaidīti apstādamies — Francesco Scarlatti in a quick step (= with quick steps), sometimes stopping unexpectedly
    aplaidusi žiglu skatienu vīriem, viņa droši devās pie pirmā stūrmaņa — casting a quick glance at the men, she went toward the first mate

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  1. ^ “žigls” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7