bailīgs

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Latvian[edit]

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From bail(es) (fear) +‎ -īgs.

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bailīgs (definite bailīgais, comparative bailīgāks, superlative visbailīgākais, adverb bailīgi)

  1. fearful, timid, afraid (habitually or constantly feeling fear, shame; easy to frighten, to scare, to startle)
    bailīgs cilvēksa timid person
    viņš bija bailīgs un nedrošshe was timid and insecure
    “bet tev jau patiešām bail”, pārcēlājs negaidot pasmaida... Ilga piesarkst... “visas meitenes ir bailīgas”, Valdis piezīmē“but you are really scared”, the ferryman smiled unexpectedly... Ilga blushed... “all girls are (always) afraid, easy to scare
  2. (of animals) timid, shy, skittish (easily scared or startled)
    bailīgs zirgsa timid, skittish horse
    bailīgs kā zaķisafraid as a hare (= intensely afraid)
    ar bailīgu zirgu nedroši brauktit is not safe to travel with a skittish horse
    sākumā ezītis bija ļoti bailīgs... tiklīdz dirdzēja kaut vai vismazāko troksni, tā tūlīt ievilkās savā adatu cietoksnīat first the hedgehog was very timid... as soon as he heard even the weakest noise, he immediately pulled (back) in his prickly fortress
  3. (of gestures, behavior, etc.) fearful, timid, skittish (such that it expresses feelings of fear)
    bailīgs skatiensa timid look
    bailīga izturēšanāstimid, fearful behavior
    bailīga valodatimid language
    tik irbe vai zaķītis pārtecēja no viena purva uz otru, atstādami sniegā retas, bailīgas pēdiņasonly (the occasional) partridge or hare (ever) went from one swamp to the other, leaving in the snow rare, timid footprints
  4. (colloquial) frightening, scary, dangerous (which causes fear)
    bailīgs ceļšdangerous road
    bailīga vieta, apkārtnescary place, neighborhood
    bailīgs pasākumsdangerous undertaking
    vai traks! tad ir gan bailīga lieta!(are you) crazy! indeed it is a scary thing!

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