sliņķis

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Latvian[edit]

Sliņķis (2)

Etymology[edit]

A nominal version of adjective slinks (lazy) (q.v.), made into an i-stem (with consequent palatalization of the nk cluster). Cognates include Lithuanian slìnkis, slìnka.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

sliņķis m (2nd declension, feminine form: sliņķe)

  1. lazy man, animal
    sliņķus suns — lazy dog
    tēvs necieš sliņķus, jo allaž savus dēlus mācījis: “darbs ir cilvēka lielākais gods” — father couldn't stand lazy people, as he always taught his sons: “work is man's greatest honor”
  2. sloth (several species of arboreal South American mammal from the families Bradypodidae and Megalonychidae)
    parastais (trīspirkstu) sliņķis — simple (three-fingered) sloth (Bradypus variegatus, B. tridactylus, B. torquatus)

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References[edit]

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