Reconstruction:Proto-Slavic/němъ

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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.

Proto-Slavic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • From dissimilation of earlier *měmъ.
Compare Latvian mēms (dumb, mute, silent), Old Polish omienieć (to become dumb), Latin mūtus (mute, dumb, silent), Ancient Greek μῖμος (mîmos, mime, actor), German mummeln, English mumble, Swedish mimra.
Compare *ku- + *jьm-, *jьmǫ, *jęti > *kujьmъ (> Russian ку́и́м (kúím, deaf-mute; tongue-tied man; silent man;)). Latvian mēms is possibly borrowing from Slavic with assimilation n-m > m-m

Adjective[edit]

*němъ

  1. unclear or incomprehensible speaker, muttering, mammering
  2. dumb, mute (not able to speak)

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Descendants[edit]

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