debils

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately a borrowing from Latin dēbilis (weak; lame), via some other European language.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

debils (def. debilais, comp. debilāks, sup. visdebilākais; adv. debili)

  1. moron, mentally retarded (having impaired mental development )
    debils bērns — mentally retarded child
    Itālijā skolotāja liek skolniekam rakstīt, ka viņš ir debils — in Italy a teacher made a schoolboy write that he was mentally retarded
  2. (colloquial, offensive) moronic, stupid, foolish
    Andris Kivičs nosauc Uldi Rudaku par debilu — Andris Kivičs called Uldis Rudaks a moron
    debils jautājumsstupid, moronic question
    tas ir vecs un debils stereotips — this is an old, stupid stereotype

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Usage notes[edit]

In its colloquial uses, perhaps under the influence of the pronunciation of Russian деби́л (debíl, moron), this term is often misspelled as debīls, with a long ī.

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