miegs

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Miegs

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Baltic *meyg- (Eastern Baltic *mieg-), from Proto-Indo-European *meygʰ-, from the stem *mei- ‎(to press, to hit) with an extra -g(ʰ) (whence also Latvian miegt “to press, to squeeze”). The original meaning was thus “closing, pressing together” (the eyelids), from which “sleep”. Cognates include Lithuanian miẽgas, miegóti ‎(to sleep), Old Prussian enmigguns ‎(asleep), meicte ‎(to sleep), maiggun ‎(sleep (accusative)), Old Church Slavonic помигати ‎(pomigati, to blink, to wink), Russian мигать ‎(migat’), мжить ‎(mžit’, to doze off, to take a nap), Ukrainian мигати ‎(myháty, to blink, to wink), Bulgarian мигам ‎(mígam), Czech mihati, Polish migać.[1]

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miegs m (1st declension)

  1. sleep (the act or state of sleeping, of being asleep)
    salds, dziļš miegs — sweet, deep sleep
    nakts, rīta miegs — night, morning sleep
    hipnotiskais miegs — hypnotic sleep
    miega zālessleep medicine
    miega līdzeklissleeping pills
    miega traucējumisleep disorders
    iegrimt miegā — to fall into sleep
    runāt miegā — to talk in one's sleep
    aizdzīt miegu — to drive sleep away
    tonakt man ilgi nenāca miegs — that night I couldn't fall asleep (lit. sleep didn't come to me) for a long time

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  1. ^ “miegs” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7