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This Proto-Slavic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



Continuing Proto-Indo-European *(s)kéwh₁eti, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewh₁- (to perceive). Akin to Lithuanian kavoti (to ward, to tend), Proto-Indo-Iranian *kuHáti, Ancient Greek κοέω (koéō, to be aware, to know), Latin caveō (to be aware, to watch over), Proto-Germanic *skawwōną (to look, to display).

Probably related (via other extensions) to verbs denoting swinging, flashing such as *kyvati (to nod), *kuti (to forge), *kymati (to wing, to blink).


*čùti impf (perfective *čuvati)[1][2]

  1. to sense
  2. to feel
  3. to notice


Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

  • *čuxati (to grasp, to get a sense of)
  • *čujati (to comprehend (with the senses))
  • *čujьnъ (sensible, sensuous)


Further reading[edit]

  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973) , “чу́ю”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Oleg Trubačóv, Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999) , “чуять”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 2, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 397
  • Cejtlin, R.M.; Večerka, R.; Blagova, E., editors (1994) , “чоути”, in Staroslavjanskij slovarʹ (po rukopisjam X—XI vekov) [Old Church Slavonic Dictionary (Based on 10–11th Century Manuscripts)], Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 786
  • Trubačóv, Oleg, editor (1977) , “*čuti”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ slavjanskix jazykov [Etymological dictionary of Slavic languages] (in Russian), volume 04, Moscow: Nauka, page 134


  1. ^ Derksen, Rick (2008) , “*čùti”, in Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 91: “v. (a) ‘sense, feel, notice’”
  2. ^ Olander, Thomas (2001) , “čuti: čujǫ čujetь”, in Common Slavic accentological word list, Copenhagen: Editiones Olander: “a (SA 204, 246; PR 133; MP 23, 27)”