dejjaq

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Maltese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Root
d-j-q

From Arabic ضَيِّق(ḍayyiq). The expected form would be *dajjaq due to the originally emphatic (compare tajjeb). This influence was either levelled out in Maltese or the underlying form was a dissimilated variant dayyiq, ḏayyiq, which exists in several Arabic dialects.

Adjective[edit]

dejjaq (feminine singular dejqa, plural dejqin, comparative idjaq)

  1. narrow

Etymology 2[edit]

From a merger of Arabic ضَيَّقَ(ḍayyaqa) and ضايَقَ(ḍāyaqa), both from etymology 1.

Verb[edit]

dejjaq (imperfect jdejjaq, past participle mdejjaq)

  1. to narrow; make something narrow
  2. to bore; to displease; to annoy; to depress
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