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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 meiteneswift, quick girl
    knašs zēnsswift, 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