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 kopšanababy care
    zīdaiņa uztursbaby nutrition, diet
    zīdaiņa vecumsinfancy (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?”

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

The feminine form zīdaine is attested but rather rare.

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