lee

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See also: Lee, leé, and l'ee

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

lee (plural lees)

  1. (nautical) A protected cove or harbor, out of the wind.
  2. (nautical) 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
    • 1470–1485 (date produced), Thomas Malory, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [Le Morte Darthur], (please specify the book number), [London: [] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur [], London: David Nutt, [], 1889, OCLC 890162034:
      We lurked under lee.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 1873, John Tyndall, "Niagara", in Fragments of Science (1907), page 182
      Desiring me to take shelter in his lee.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[chapter V]”, in Ulysses, London: The Egoist Press, published October 1922, OCLC 2297483:
      He turned into Cumberland street and, going on some paces, halted in the lee of the station wall. No-one.
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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. (nautical, 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.

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

lee (plural lees)

  1. Obsolete form of li (traditional Chinese unit of distance).
    • 1865, John Francis Davis, Chinese Miscellanies: A Collection of Essays and Notes (page 184)
      Here, after little less than a month's protracted journey over a distance, by the Chinese itinerary, of 950 lees, and by our own calculation 280 miles, from the canal, we quitted the magnificent Keang to cross the lake []

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Afar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognates include Saho lay.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈleː/
  • Hyphenation: lee

Noun[edit]

lée f (plural lelwá f)

  1. water

Declension[edit]

Declension of lée
absolutive lée
predicative lée
subjective lée
genitive lée
Postpositioned forms
l-case léel
k-case léek
t-case léet
h-case léeh

References[edit]

  • Loren F. Bliese (1981) A Generative Grammar of Afar[1], Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and University of Texas at Arlington (doctoral thesis)., page 5
  • E. M. Parker; R. J. Hayward (1985), “lee”, in An Afar-English-French dictionary (with Grammatical Notes in English), University of London, →ISBN
  • Tomoyuki Yabe, The Morphosyntax of Complex Verbal Expressions in the Horn of Africa (2007), which cites Hayward (1976) as the source of a usage example lee fax-te "the water boiled"
  • Mohamed Hassan Kamil (2015) L’afar: description grammaticale d’une langue couchitique (Djibouti, Erythrée et Ethiopie)[2], Paris: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (doctoral thesis), page 99

Belizean Creole[edit]

Adjective[edit]

lee

  1. little

References[edit]

  • Crosbie, Paul, ed. (2007), Kriol-Inglish Dikshineri: English-Kriol Dictionary. Belize City: Belize Kriol Project, p. 212.

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

< Swedish (lee)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈleː/, [ˈle̞ː]
  • Rhymes: -eː
  • Syllabification(key): lee

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
Possessive forms of lee (type maa)
possessor singular plural
1st person leeni leemme
2nd person leesi leenne
3rd person leensä

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee

  1. second-person singular imperative of leeën

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English lēogan.

Verb[edit]

lee

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

Northern Sotho[edit]

Noun[edit]

lee

  1. egg

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

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee (present tense lear, past tense lea, past participle lea, passive infinitive least, present participle leande, imperative lee/le)

  1. Alternative form of lea

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English lēogan.

Verb[edit]

lee (third-person singular simple present lees, present participle leein, simple 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]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee

  1. inflection of leer:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative

Tswana[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

lee class 5 (plural mae)

  1. egg

Yola[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lien, from Old English liċġan, from Proto-West Germanic *liggjan.

Verb[edit]

lee (second-person singular simple present leeesth)

  1. to lie, lay

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

lee

  1. Alternative form of laave (leave)

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 52