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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Adjective[edit]

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 kārtāin a strange way, strangely, mysteriously
    Andris ieraudzīja dīvainu skatu: ērgli ar apledojušiem spārniemAndris saw a strange sight: an eagle with icy wings
    bet tu šodien esi tik dīvains, izklaidīgs, viss tev krīt laukā no rokāmbut 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