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From Proto-Baltic *knas- (which, with *-yos, yields *knaš-yos > knašs), from Proto-Indo-European *kn-es-, *kn-os-, from the zero grade of *ken-(to try, to hurry, to move). A different hypothesis is that knašs might originally result from methatesis on nasks (q.v.). A third possibility is that it was a borrowing from Baltic German knasch(hurried, quick, agile), although it is also quite possible that knasch was borrowed from Latvian knašs, since it was only found in Baltic varieties of German. Cognates include Ancient Greek ἐγκονέω(enkonéō, to hurry, to be quick and active), Latin cōnorāri(to try, to attempt).[1]




knašs (def. knašais, comp. knašāks, sup. visknašākais; adv. knaši)

  1. quick, fast, swift; also, agile
    knaša meitene‎ ― swift, quick girl
    knašs zēns‎ ― swift, quck boy
    iet knašiem soļiem‎ ― to go with quick, swift steps
    saskubintās knašam riksim, zirgs drīz vien mēgināja pāriet gausākā solī‎ ― spurred into a quick canter, the horse soon tried to shift to a slower pace




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