en balde

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Attested since circa 1350. Ultimately from Andalusian Arabic بَاطِل(báṭil), from Arabic بَاطِل(bāṭil, vain)

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

en balde

  1. in vain
    • 1370, R. Lorenzo (ed.), Crónica troiana. A Coruña: Fundación Barrié, page 549:
      Et aos que me assý seruẽ, faço eu ben, et doulles o que deseian, et nũca me seruẽ en balde.
      And to the ones who serve me so, I make good; and I give them what they desire, and never they serve me in vain.
    Synonym: en van

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • balde” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • en balde” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • balde” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • en balde” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • en balde” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Spanish[edit]

Adverb[edit]

en balde

  1. (idiomatic) in vain, for nothing
    Synonym: en vano

Descendants[edit]

  • Tetelcingo Nahuatl: en bölde