zeņķis

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Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A borrowing from Middle Low German sönke (son (dim.) (also sänke), borrowed in parallel to zēns from the non-diminutive form söhn, sȫne.[1]

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Noun[edit]

zeņķis m (2nd declension)

  1. (colloquial) boy (male child, especially of school age; also, male adolescent)
    viņa priekšā izauga apaļīgs puišelis, tēva pusdrauga Zigmāra dēls... “Ikar, pagaidi!” sauca zeņķis — in front of him (there) appeared a round (= plump) little boy, the son of an acquaintace of father's, Zigmārs... “Ikars, wait!” the boy shouted
  2. (colloquial) young man, guy
    tos zeņķus gan tu, Matīs, esi pagalam nomocījis — those guys, Matīs, you have really harassed them

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  1. ^ “zēns” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca, in 2 vols, Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN: 9984-700-12-7