klepus

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Klepus
Klepus

Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as Latvian klabēt (to rumble, to rattle) (q.v.), but with an extra -p. Originally, this word was probably the description of a sound; compare Lithuanian interjection klèpt! and verbs klepčióti, klepuóti, klapsė́ti (to rumble, to rattle, to knock). Cognates include Lithuanian klepùs (contentious, quarrelsome).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

klepus m (3th declension)

  1. cough, coughing (a sudden noisy burst of air from one's mouth, often a disease symptom)
    sauss, mokošs klepus — dry, painful cough
    dziļš klepus — deep cough
    klepus lēkme — coughing (lit. cough attack)
    aizturēt klepus — to hold (one's) cough(ing)
    garais klepus — whooping cough (lit. the long cough)
    viņam uznāca stiprs klepus — he coughed strongly (lit. to him came a strong cough)

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References[edit]

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