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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



From Proto-Balto-Slavic *bā́ˀbāˀ, from nursery language. Cognate with Lithuanian bóba (old woman) and Latvian bãba.


*ba̋ba f (accent paradigm a)

  1. old woman
  2. grandmother
  3. woman
  4. midwife
  5. sorceress, witch, hex


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  • boba in Lietuvių kalbos etimologinio žodyno duomenų bazė
  • баба” in Max Vasmer (1986), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkogo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language], in 4 vols (second edition), Moscow: Progress — Translated from German and supplemented by O. N. Trubačóv
  • boba in Lietuvių kalbos etimologinio žodyno duomenų bazė
  • Franciszek Sławski (ed.). (1974–2001), Słownik prasłowiański, Wrocław: Polskiej Akademii Nauk, volume I, page 169ff
  • “*baba” in Oleg Trubačóv (ed.) (1974–), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ slavjanskix jazykov [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages], Moscow: Nauka, volume 01, page 105ff