zābaks

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Latvian[edit]

Zābaki

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Etymology[edit]

An old, pre-13th-century borrowing from Old East Slavic забогъ(zabogŭ); cf. Russian сапог(sapóg), dialectal забог(zabog), already mentioned in 17th-century dictionaries, and also in 15th- and 16th-century family names. An old feminine variant zābaka, already attested in 17th-century dictionaries, persisted until the 19th century, when it finally disappeared.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zābaks m (1st declension)

  1. boot (footwear with short or long tops)
    viriešu, sieviešu zābaki‎ ― men's, women's boots
    gumijas zābaki‎ ― rubber boots
    slēpju, slidu zābaki‎ ― ski, skate boots
    garie zābaki‎ ― long boots
    zābaku saites, auklas‎ ― boot laces
    aizsaitēt zābakus‎ ― to tie up (one's) boots
    vilkt kājās zābakus‎ ― to put boots on

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References[edit]

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