ziepes

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Latvian[edit]

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 ziepes on Latvian Wikipedia
Tualetes ziepes

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German sepe, seepe or Middle Dutch zepe “soap,” first attested in Latvian in 17th-century dictionaries.[1]

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Noun[edit]

ziepes f (5th declension)

  1. soap (substance, synthetic or derived from fats, used for washing, usually in the form of a bar or as a liquid)
    cietās, šķidrās ziepessolid, liquid soap
    pastveida, pulvera ziepespasty, powder soap
    veļas ziepeslaundry soap
    medicīniskās ziepesmedicinal soap
    ziepju gabalspiece of soap
    ziepju putas, burbulissoap foam, bubble
    ziepju traukssoap dish
    saimniecības ziepeshousehold soap
    tualetes ziepesbathroom soap
    bērnu ziepeschildren's soap
    ūdens bija spirdzinoši auksts, rozā ziepes smaržoja pēc zemenēmthe water was crispy cold, the pink soap smelled like strawberries
  2. (figuratively, colloquial) trouble; bad, undesirable situation or state
    uzradās kontrole, un kolēģim tikko nesanāca ziepesthere was a control, and (my) colleagues almost met (= got into) trouble
    bet tagad ņem un izstāsti, kas tev īsti ir par ziepēm... mēs šeit Lestonā esam sirds cilvēki, gatavi palīdzēt - diena vai naktsbut now do tell (us) what kind of trouble you have (= you are in)... we, here in Lestons, are kind people, always ready to help - day and night

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References[edit]

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