lee

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See also: Lee, leé, l'ee, and le'e

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iː
  • Homophones: lea

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lee, from Old English hlēo, hlēow (shelter, protection), from Proto-Germanic *hlewą (compare German Lee (lee), lau (lukewarm), Swedish , Danish , Norwegian le, Old Norse hlé, Dutch lij), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱelh₁- (compare Welsh clyd (warm, cozy), Latin calēre (to warm up), Lithuanian šiltas (warm, pleasant), Sanskrit शरद् (śarad, autumn)).

Noun[edit]

lee (plural lees)

  1. (sailing) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
  2. (sailing) The side of the ship away from the wind.
  3. A sheltered place, especially a place protected from the wind by some object; the side sheltered from the wind (see also leeside); shelter; protection.
    the lee of a mountain, an island, or a ship
    • Morte d'Arthure
      We lurked under lee.
    • Tyndall
      Desiring me to take shelter in his lee.
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Adjective[edit]

lee (not comparable)

Glacier flowing right to left over a bump of rock.
Lee side on the left; stoss side on the right
  1. (sailing, geology) Facing away from the flow of a fluid, usually air.
    lee side, lee shore, lee helm

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

lee (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Lees; dregs.
    • Young
      A thousand demons lurk within the lee.

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Afar[edit]

Noun[edit]

lee

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Tomoyuki Yabe, The Morphosyntax of Complex Verbal Expressions in the Horn of Africa (2007), which cites Hayward (1976) as the source of a usex lee fax-te "the water boiled"

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

< Swedish (lee)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈleː/, [ˈle̞ː]

Noun[edit]

lee

  1. (nautical) lee (side of the ship away from the wind)
  2. (nautical) lee (place protected from the wind by some object)
    saaren leelee of an island

Declension[edit]

Inflection of lee (Kotus type 18/maa, no gradation)
nominative lee leet
genitive leen leiden
leitten
partitive leetä leitä
illative leehen leihin
singular plural
nominative lee leet
accusative nom. lee leet
gen. leen
genitive leen leiden
leitten
partitive leetä leitä
inessive leessä leissä
elative leestä leistä
illative leehen leihin
adessive leellä leillä
ablative leeltä leiltä
allative leelle leille
essive leenä leinä
translative leeksi leiksi
instructive lein
abessive leettä leittä
comitative leineen

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee

  1. second-person singular imperative of leeën

Middle English[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee

  1. To lie; to speak falsely.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ledd.

Verb[edit]

lee (present tense leer, past tense lea or leet, past participle lea or leet)

  1. to move; to make a body part, or a thing (such as a bolder), move

Scots[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee (third-person singular present lees, present participle leein, past leet, past participle leet)

  1. To lie (tell lies).
    • 1876, S[arah] R. Whitehead, “On the Wrong Coach”, in Daft Davie and Other Sketches of Scottish Life and Character, London: Hodder and Stoughton, [], OCLC 58040708, page 220:
      ‘It’s a lee,’ says the man; ‘she’s either drunk or daft.’ / ‘Me drunk, you ill-tongued vagabond!’ says my Auntie Kirsty, who couldna bear such a reproach on her good name, ‘I’m a’ but blackfasting this day from either meat or drink; you had better no meddle wi’ my character.’
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of leer.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of leer.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of leer.

Tswana[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lee class 5 (plural mae)

  1. egg