աղկաղկ

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Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Learned borrowing from Old Armenian աղկաղկ (ałkałk)

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Adjective[edit]

աղկաղկ (ałkałk) (superlative ամենաաղկաղկ)

  1. poor, miserable
  2. lean, meagre

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Old Armenian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

A reduplication of *աղկ- (*ałk-), usually derived from Proto-Indo-European *alg-, *elg- (poor, miserable)[1][2][3], with cognates such as Lithuanian el̃geta (beggar), elgetáuti (to beg), Old High German ilgi (famine), Ancient Greek ἄλγος (álgos, pain, grief), Old Church Slavonic алъкати (alŭkati), Old Irish elc (malicious, spiteful), olc (bad, evil), but there are problems with this etymology[4]. Possibly connected with Latin algeo (to be cold, feel chilly, endure cold).[4]

Adjective[edit]

աղկաղկ (ałkałk)

  1. indigent, poor, miserable
  2. useless, unfit

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ačaṙyan, Hračʿya (1940) Hayocʿ lezvi patmutʿyun [History of the Armenian Language] (in Armenian), volume I, Yerevan: University Press, page 34
  2. ^ Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “աղկաղկ”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press
  3. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959), “elg-”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 310
  4. 4.0 4.1 Martirosyan, Hrach (2010), “aɫkaɫk”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 8), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 37

Further reading[edit]

  • Petrosean, H. Matatʿeay V. (1879), “աղկաղկ”, in Nor Baṙagirkʿ Hay-Angliarēn [New Dictionary Armenian–English], Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy
  • Awetikʿean, G.; Siwrmēlean, X.; Awgerean, M. (1836–1837), “աղկաղկ”, in Nor baṙgirkʿ haykazean lezui [New Dictionary of the Armenian Language] (in Old Armenian), Venice: S. Lazarus Armenian Academy