lax

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lax, from Old English leax (salmon), from Proto-Germanic *lahsaz (salmon), from Proto-Indo-European *lAḱis- (salmon, trout). Cognate with Middle Dutch lacks, lachs, lasche (salmon), Middle Low German las (salmon), German Lachs (salmon), Danish laks (salmon), Swedish lax (salmon), Icelandic lax (salmon), Lithuanian lašišà (salmon), Latvian lasis, Russian лосось (losos, salmon), Albanian leshterik (eel-grass). See also lox.

Noun[edit]

lax (plural laxes)

  1. (Now chiefly UK dialectal, Scotland) A salmon.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin laxus (wide, roomy, loose)

Adjective[edit]

lax (comparative laxer, superlative laxest)

  1. lenient and allowing for deviation; not strict.
    The rules are fairly lax, but you have to know which ones you can bend.
    • J. A. Symonds
      Society at that epoch was lenient, if not lax, in matters of the passions.
  2. loose; not tight or taut.
    The rope fell lax.
    • Ray
      the flesh of that sort of fish being lax and spongy
  3. lacking care; neglectful, negligent
    • 2011 October 1, Phil Dawkes, “Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom”, BBC Sport:
      Prior to this match, Albion had only scored three league goals all season, but Wes Brown's lax marking allowed Morrison to head in their fourth from a Chris Brunt free-kick and then, a minute later, the initial squandering of possession and Michael Turner's lack of pace let Long run through to slot in another.
  4. (archaic) Having a looseness of the bowels; diarrheal.
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lax (uncountable)

  1. lacrosse

Dacian[edit]

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lax

  1. The edible wild purslane plant.

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lax (comparative laxer, superlative am laxesten)

  1. lax
  2. (morale or ethics) easy, loose

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old Norse lax < Proto-Germanic *lahsaz.

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lax m (genitive singular lax, nominative plural laxar)

  1. salmon

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Rafsi[edit]

lax

  1. rafsi of lanxe.

Swedish[edit]

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Old Norse lax < Proto-Germanic *lahsaz.

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lax c

  1. salmon
  2. (slang) a bill with nominal value 1000 kronor or the corresponding amount of money

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