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See also: kurpē, kurpė, and kürpe


 kurpes on Latvian Wikipedia


From Proto-Baltic *kurp- (+ feminine ending -e), from the zero grade *kr̥p- of Proto-Indo-European *kerp- (piece of leather; shoe), from the stem *ker- (to cut) (whence also cirpt (to shear, to clip), q.v.) with an extra p. Semantic evolution: “to cut” > “a cut piece of leather” > “shoe (made of leather)” > “shoe.” Cognates include Lithuanian kùrpė (shoe, half-boot, slipper; foot (measure of length)), Old Prussian kurpe (shoe), Russian dialectal корпа́ть (korpátʹ, to mend clothes), Bulgarian кърпа (kǎrpa, rag, cloth, patch), Serbo-Croatian kȑpa (patch, piece of cloth), kȑplje (old shoes, skis), Old Irish cairem (cobbler) (< *carpjamos), Ancient Greek καρβάτινος (karbátinos, made of leather), καρβάτιναι (karbátinai, rawhide shoes), καρπάτινον (karpátinon, simple shoe made of one piece of leather).[1]




kurpe f (5th declension)

  1. (usually in the plural) shoes (footwear made of strong, rigid material (e.g., leather) with heels and hard soles, covering the foot but not higher than the ankle)
    vīriešu vasaras kurpesmen's summer shoes
    sieviešu ielas kurpeswomen's street shoes
    augstpapēžu kurpeshigh-heeled shoes
    rīta kurpesslippers (lit. morning shoes)
    kurpes ar sprādzishoes with a buckle
    'kurpju auklasshoe laces
    spodrināt kurpesto polish shoes
    novilkt kurpesto take off (one's) shoes
    baleta kurpesballet shoes
    Kumuru ciema kurpniekam Mednītim nācās taisīt vairākus pārus kurpjuMednītis, the shoemaker of the village of Kumuru, had to make several pairs of shoes
  2. (technology) a component part which supports something else
    balsta iekšējā kurpesupporting internal shoe

Usage notes[edit]

Level intonation is the standard intonation for the term kurpe (shoe) according to Latviešu etimoloģijas vārdnīca, pronunciation with a broken intonation is very common, however.


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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “kurpe”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN