nebēdīgs

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Etymology[edit]

From nebēda (carefreeness) +‎ -īgs (with nebēda from ne- +‎ bēda (sorrow, misfortune)), or ne- +‎ bēdīgs (sad, unhappy) (with bēdīgs from bēda (sorrow, misfortune) +‎ -īgs).

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nebēdīgs (def. nebēdīgais, comp. nebēdīgāks, sup. visnebēdīgākais; adv. nebēdīgi)

  1. cheerful, carefree (who does not worry or feel anxiety)
    viņa pati bija ar vasaras samtaino brūnumu sejā, un nebēdīga kā dienvidu vējš, kas skraidīja starp namiem — she herself had the velvety brown face of summer, and (she was) carefree like the south wind that runs between the houses
    reiz zēns es biju / nebēdīgs un traks / ar matu šķipsnu / vienmēr spītā slietu — once I was a boy / carefree and crazy / with a tuft of hair / propped up stubbornly
  2. cheerful, carefree (expressing such feelings)
    no upes skan nebēdīgas jauniešu balsis — from the river came the cheerful, carefree voices of the young men
    viņai patika Martas jautrais, nebēdīgas gars — she liked Marta's cheerful, carefree spirit
  3. (of animals) playful, very mobile
    abesīniešu gani bija novērojuši, ka viņu kazas parasti kļuva jautras un nebēdīgas, kad tās mielojās ar kafijas koka lapām un pupiņām — Abyssinian shepherds had noticed that their goats became generally cheerful and playful when they ate the leaves and beans of the coffee tree

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