סב

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Hebrew[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Aramaic; related to native Hebrew שָׂב (sav).

Noun[edit]

סָב (savm (plural indefinite form סָבִים, singular construct form סַב־, plural construct form סָבֵי־; feminine counterpart סָבָה)

  1. An elderly man; an aged or old man.
  2. A grandfather: the father of a parent.
  3. An old wise man.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Though historically the primary sense was “old man” or “old wise man” (in which sense it was used also as an adjective), in modern use the primary sense is “grandfather”.
  • This noun is a bit formal today; the more colloquial term for a grandfather is סבא (sába).

Etymology 2[edit]

From the root ס־ב־ב (s-b-b).

Verb[edit]

סַב (sav) (pa'ál construction)

  1. Alternative form of סבב (saváv).

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