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From an earlier verb *vingt (to bend) (the r follows the pattern of stingt “to harden, to stiffen,” stingrs “firm, strong, strict”), from Proto-Baltic *wing-, from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (to bend, to incline) with an extra g. Cognates include Lithuanian vingrùs (tortuous, sinuous; agile, able, skillful), Old Prussian wingriskan (cunning, deceit(ful)) (accusative).[1]


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vingrs (definite vingrais, comparative vingrāks, superlative visvingrākais, adverb vingri)

  1. (of people, their bodies) firm, strong, fit, agile, flexible (physically well developed)
    vingrs augumsfirm body
    parādījās arī citi viesi... Šarlene griezās ap tiem kā atspole, atkal atsperīga un vingrathe other guests appeared... Šarlene turned around them like a shuttle, springy and agile
    Anna bija skaista sieva, viņa izskatījās tik jauna,... bija vingra, cēla un lokanaAnna was a beautiful woman, she looked so young,... (she) was fit, sublime and flexible
    mani locekļi bija vingri un viegli, un miesa it kā bez smagumamy limbs were firm and light, and the flesh (= body) (was) as if almost weightless
  2. (of movement) agile, strong
    vingra gaitaagile gait
    te aizmugurē ieskanas steidzīgi, vingri soļi, ar kādiem mēdz iet pašapzinīgi, spara pilni cilvēkihere, behind (us), agile, quick steps resonate, the kind that self-confident, energetic people walk with



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  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “vingrs”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, →ISBN