lass

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lasse, from Old Norse *lasqa (an unmarried woman). Cognate with Scots lassie.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lass (plural lasses)

  1. (archaic, informal) A young woman or girl.
    "Come and dance, ye lads and lasses!"
  2. (Geordie) A sweetheart.

Usage notes[edit]

Still prevalent in Scottish English and Northern English dialects such as Geordie (Tyneside), Wearside/County Durham, Northumberland/Northumbrian, Teesside and Yorkshire. Sometimes used poetically in other dialects of English.

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References[edit]

  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • lass in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • lass” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [2]

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

lass

  1. Imperative singular of lassen.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of lassen.

Luxembourgish[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

lass (masculine lassen, feminine lass, neuter lasst)

  1. loose, unattached

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