dejot

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Latvian[edit]

Dejot

Etymology[edit]

Originally the iterative counterpart of diet (to dance), present stem dej- (q.v.).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

(file)

Verb[edit]

dejot tr. or intr., 2nd conj., pres. dejoju, dejo, dejo, past dejoju

  1. (intransitive) to dance (to move rhythmically, usually following music)
    viegli dejot — to dance lightly, easily
    aizrautīgi dejot — to dance enthusiastically
    dejojot aizmirsties — to forget oneself dancing
    Vizma ar Gunāru dejoja vienā pārī — Vizma and Gunārs danced as one couple
  2. (transitive) to dance (a specific dance)
    dejot valsi — to dance the waltz
    dejot tautas dejas — to dance a folk dance
    dejot spāņu deju — to dance a Spanish dance
    viņa brīnišķīgi dejo krievu dejas — she dances Russian dances wonderfully
  3. (transitive) to play a part in a ballet
    viņa dejos Odetu un Odīliju P. Čaikovska baletā “Gulbju ezers” — she will play (lit. dance) Odeta and Odīlija in P. Čaikovskis' ballet “Swan Lake”
  4. (figuratively, of animals, fire, etc.) to dance (to move playfully, rhythmically, frenetically, etc.)
    otrā krastmalā dejo balts sermulītis — on the other bank a little white stoat danced (= jumped around playfully)
    kļuva dzirdama virs puķu dobes dejojoša odu bara sīkšana — the whizzing of a dancing swarm of mosquitos became audible over the flower beds
    rotaļīgas ēnas sāka dejot tumšajā laukumā — playful shadows started dancing in the dark area
    pretī mājai uguns, liesmas dejoja un locījas līdzi gaisa plūsmām — opposite the house (was) the fire, the flames danced and bent with the air currents
  5. to dance (to work in, to be a part of, a dance group)
    dejot baletā, koncertā — to dance in the ballet, in the concert
    dejot pašdarbības ansamblī — to dance in an amateur group
    māksliniece dejo operas un baleta teatrī — the artist dances in the opera and ballet theater

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Usage notes[edit]

In modern usage, dejot is the normal term for “to dance,” while diet often sounds old-fashioned or poetic in this sense, or then has the specific meaning of “to dance of joy.”

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References[edit]

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