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From Proto-Indo-European *slǵ-so (weak, faint). See langueō.



laxus (feminine laxa, neuter laxum, comparative laxior, superlative laxissimus, adverb laxē); first/second-declension adjective

  1. wide, spacious, roomy
  2. yielding
  3. loose, slack, free


First/second-declension adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative laxus laxa laxum laxī laxae laxa
Genitive laxī laxae laxī laxōrum laxārum laxōrum
Dative laxō laxō laxīs
Accusative laxum laxam laxum laxōs laxās laxa
Ablative laxō laxā laxō laxīs
Vocative laxe laxa laxum laxī laxae laxa

Derived terms[edit]


  • Albanian: lafshë
  • Dutch: laks
  • English: lax, leash
  • French: lâche
  • German: lax
  • Italian: lasso
  • Portuguese: laxo, lasso
  • Romanian: lax
  • Spanish: laja, laxo
  • Welsh: llaes


  • laxus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • laxus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • laxus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN