laipns

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Latvian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From the same stem as the verb lipt (to stick, to adhere) (q.v.), from which it was derived (with vowel gradation, like laipa (footbridge), and an extra n; compare, without vowel gradation, the dialectal variant lipns). The semantic evolution was probably “sticky, adhesive” > “clingy” > “attentive” > “nice, polite, kind.” Cognates include Lithuanian lipnùs (sticky, adhesive; nice, kind).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

laipns (def. laipnais, comp. laipnāks, sup. vislaipnākais; adv. laipni)

  1. nice, polite, kind, friendly, warm, welcoming (one that treats others with attention, sensitivity, kindness, friendliness)
    laipns jaunietisfriendly, nice young man
    laipna namamātewelcoming hostess
    būt laipnam pret viesiem — to be courteous, welcoming to the guests
    esi, esiet tik laipns... — would you be so kind as to... (introducing a polite request)
  2. (such that it expresses or reflects such qualities: attention, politeness, kindness, friendliness...)
    laipns smaids — a kind, warm smile
    runāt laipnā balsī — to speak with a kind voice
    laipni vārdikind, welcoming words
    laipna uzņemšanawarm welcome

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References[edit]

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