glīts

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From Proto-Baltic *glitus, *glītus, from Proto-Indo-European *glīt-, the zero grade of *gley- (to stick; to spread, to smear) with an extra -t. From a parallel Proto-Baltic yo-stem from *glītyas came Latvian dialectal glīšs. The meaning changed from “slippery” to “smooth; tight-fitting” (a meaning still attested in folk songs), to “pleasant, pretty.” Cognates include Lithuanian glitùs, dialectal glytùs (slimy, sticky; slick, slippery), Ancient Greek γλοιός (gloiós, sticky, slippery), Late Latin glus (glue), accusative glutem (whence English glue), from earlier Latin glūten.[1]

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glīts (def. glītais, comp. glītāks, sup. visglītākais; adv. glīti)

  1. pretty, handsome, neat, good-looking (corresponding to aesthetic ideals; well, skillfully, carefully made)
    glīta meitene, sievete, sejapretty girl, woman, face
    glīts dzīvoklis, kostīmspretty, neat apartment, costume
    glīta mājapretty, neat house
    glītas mēbelespretty, neat furniture
    glīts darbs, rokraksts, adījumsneat work, handwriting, knit

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References[edit]

  1. ^ “glīts” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.