zīdainis

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Latvian[edit]

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Zīdainis

Etymology[edit]

From zīst (past stem: zīd-)(to suck, to suckle) +‎ -ains, made into a masculine 2nd-declension noun (ending -is).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

zīdainis m (2nd declension, feminine form: zīdaine)

  1. infant, baby (child in its first year of life, when its basic food is mother's milk)
    zīdaiņa kopšana‎ ― baby care
    zīdaiņa uzturs‎ ― baby nutrition, diet
    zīdaiņa vecums‎ ― infancy (lit. baby age)
  2. (colloquial) naive person
    Edžus apsaukā mani par zīdaini: “zīdaini, cik ir divreiz divi?”‎ ― Edžus called me a baby: “baby, how much is two times two?”

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Usage notes[edit]

The feminine form zīdaine is attested but rather rare.

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