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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch lāke (pool, lake, watercourse), from Old Dutch *laka (lake, pond, pool, stream, watercourse), from Proto-Germanic *lakō, *lakiz (drain, ditch, stream, pool), from Proto-Indo-European *leg'- (to leak, drain). Cognate with Old Saxon laca (in placenames, pool, stream), Middle Low German lāke (water pooled in a riverbed), German Lache (pool, puddle), Icelandic lækur (stream, brook, flow), English lake. More at lake.


laak f (plural laken, diminutive laakje n)

  1. (obsolete) pond, pool, lake
  2. watercourse, stream
  3. A drainage ditch.
  4. border, limit; frontier
  5. marshland

Etymology 2[edit]

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laak f (plural laken)

  1. (dated) leech

Etymology 3[edit]



  1. first-person singular present indicative of laken
  2. imperative of laken