nasks

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from the verb nest (to carry) with vowel change, like nasta (burden), also from nest; the k follows the model of laisks (indolent, lazy), from laist (to allow). For the semantic change, consider terms like the (colloquial) derived verb nesties (to run quickly) (< “to carry oneself”). Cognates include Lithuanian našiaĩ (swifty, nimbly).[1]

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Adjective[edit]

nasks (def. naskais, comp. naskāks, sup. visnaskākais; adv. naski)

  1. active, diligent; fast, quick, agile, nimble
    nasks zēnsactive, agile, quick boy
    māte pusjokodama, pusnopietni stāstīja par tirgotājiem, kuri taujājot pēc saimnieciskas un naskas dzīvesbiedres — mother, half joking, half seriously, talked about merchants who were inquiring about economical and diligent wives
    izdarīgā un naskā meitene ātri vien apguva profesiju — the diligent and agile girl quickly learned the profession
    straume Gaujā ir nesalīdzināmi veiklāka un braukšana veicas ievērojami naskāk nekā Ventā — the stream at Gauja is incomparably more agile and traveling (on it) happens significantly faster than at Venta
    tikai pa retam klusumu pāršķēla steidzīga gājēja naskais solis — only occasionally did the quick step (= walk) of a hurried passerby interrupt the silence
    zemes bite ir naska, / jau pilni kambariši tai vaska — the earth bee is quick, hard-working / it already (has) little chambers (= combs) full of wax

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References[edit]

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