dīvains

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dīvs ‎(fantastic creature) +‎ -ains. Some authors consider it a borrowing from Slavic languages. Cognates include Lithuanian dỹvinas, Old Church Slavonic дивьнъ ‎(divĭnŭ), дивьнъиь ‎(divĭnŭjĭ), Russian дивный ‎(dívnyj), Belarusian дзіўны ‎(dziŭny, strange, peculiar), Ukrainian дивний ‎(dývnyj), Bulgarian дивен ‎(díven), Czech divný ‎(strange, wonderful), Polish dziwny, Latin dīvīnus ‎(divine).[1]

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dīvains (def. dīvainais, comp. dīvaināks, sup. visdīvainākais; adv. dīvaini)

  1. strange, odd, unusual, surprising (that which causes surprise, incomprehension)
    dīvains piedzīvojumsstrange, whimsical adventure
    dīvains klusumsstrange silence
    dīvains nemiersstrange anxiety
    dīvaini paradumistrage habits
    dīvainā kārtā — in a strange way, strangely, mysteriously
    Andris ieraudzīja dīvainu skatu: ērgli ar apledojušiem spārniem — Andris saw a strange sight: an eagle with icy wings
    bet tu šodien esi tik dīvains, izklaidīgs, viss tev krīt laukā no rokām — but you are so strange today, so oblivious, everything falls off your hands

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “dīvains”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7