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Indo-European Lexicon

PIE Etymon and IE Reflexes

Below we display: a Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etymon adapted from Pokorny, with our own English gloss; our Semantic Field assignment(s) for the etymon, linked to information about the field(s); an optional Comment; and Reflexes (derived words) in various Indo-European languages, organized by family/group in west-to-east order where Germanic is split into West/North/East families and English, our language of primary emphasis, is artificially separated from West Germanic. IE Reflexes appear most often as single words with any optional letter(s) enclosed in parentheses; but alternative full spellings are separated by '/' and "principal parts" appear in a standard order (e.g. masculine, feminine, and neuter forms) separated by commas.

Reflexes are annotated with: Part-of-Speech and/or other Grammatical feature(s); a short Gloss which, especially for modern English reflexes, may be confined to the oldest sense; and some Source citation(s) with 'LRC' always understood as editor. Keys to PoS/Gram feature abbreviations and Source codes appear below the reflexes; at the end are links to the previous/next etyma [in Pokorny's alphabetic order] that have reflexes.

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Pokorny Etymon: 5. del-   'long'

Semantic Field: Long


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Welsh: dal(a) vb to hold GED
Old English: andlang prep along W7/ASD
  lang adj long LRC
  langian vb to long, yearn W7
  lengan vb.wk to lengthen, prolong W7/ASD
  len(g)ten/lencten n.masc Lent W7/ASD
  lengþu n length W7
  tulge/tylg adv rather GED
Middle English: along adv along W7
  belongen vb to belong W7
  eloynen vb to eloign W7
  lang adj long W7
  lengen vb to prolong W7
  lengeren vb.freq to dwell W7
  lengthe n length W7
  lente n springtime, Lent W7
  ling n ling (fish) W7
  long adj long W7
  longen vb to be suitable W7
  longitude n longitude W7
  Lumbarde prop.n Lombard W7
  oblong adj oblong W7
  prolongen vb to prolong W7
  purloinen vb to put away, render ineffectual W7
English: along adv/prep in same direction, in line parallel with length AHD/W7
  belong vb.intrans to be suitable/appropriate/advantageous AHD/W7
  dolichocephalic adj re: relatively long head AHD/W7
  dolichocranial adj having relatively long skull AHD
  eloign vb.trans to remove to distant/unknown place AHD/W7
  elongate vb to extend in length AHD/W7
  indulge vb to give free choice to AHD/W7
  Langstrand prop.n Gondor coast in Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings LRC
  length n longer/longest dimension of object AHD/W7
  Lent prop.n Christian period of penitence before Easter LRC
  ling n fish in cod family AHD/W7
  linger vb to tarry, be slow to leave AHD/W7
  Lombard prop.n member of Teutonic peoples who invaded/settled N. Italy in 568 A.D. AHD/W7
  long adj extending for significant distance AHD/W7
  long vb.intrans to yearn, feel strong desire/craving AHD/W7
  longeron n major fore-aft structural member of aircraft fuselage AHD
  longhorn n Texas cattle breed LRC
  longitude n length AHD/W7
  Longshanks prop.n epithet for Strider in Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings LRC
  longshore adj re: seacoast location AHD
  lounge n public waiting room AHD
  lunge n sudden forward thrust/movement AHD
  oblong adj deviating from square/circular shape through elongation AHD/W7
  prolong vb.trans to continue, lengthen in time AHD/W7
  purloin vb to filch, appropriate wrongfully AHD/W7
Dutch: langs prep along TLL
  leng n ling (fish) W7
Old Saxon: tulgo adv very GED
Old High German: lang adj long W7
  langen vb to long W7
  lengiz/lenzo n Lent, spring ASD
  lengjan vb to lengthen, prolong ASD
  lenzin n spring W7
German: lang adj long LRC
  Länge n.fem length TLL
  längs prep along TLL
  Lenz n.masc Lent, spring ASD
  verlängern vb to lengthen LRC
Icelandic: lengja vb to lengthen, prolong ASD
Danish: langs prep along TLL
Swedish: längs prep along TLL
Gothic: ga-tulgjan vb.wk.I to fortify GED
  tulgiþa n firmness, certainty; safety, stronghold GED/ASD
  tulgjan vb.wk.I to confirm, fortify GED/ASD
  tulgus adj firm, steady, steadfast GED
Latin: indulgeo, indulgere vb to indulge, grant as a favor GED
  Langobardus n.masc Longobard W7
  longe adv by far LRC
  longitudo, longitudinis n.fem length W7
  longus adj long W7
  oblongus adj oblong W7
Late Latin: elongo, elongare, elongavi, elongatus vb to make long W7
  prolongo, prolongare vb to prolong W7
New Latin: dolich- pfx spear W7
  dolichocephalus adj dolichocephalic W7
Portuguese: longo adj long TLL
Old French: esloigner vb to put further away, to scare away W7
  loing adv far, at a distance W7
  porloigner vb to delay, put off W7
Anglo-French: purloigner vb to delay, put off W7
Middle French: lombard adj Lombard W7
  prolonguer vb to prolong W7
French: allonger vb to extend, prolong, lengthen; lay down AHD
  alongier vb to extend, prolong, lengthen; lay down AHD
  éloigner vb to scare away, put further away W7
  long adj long TLL
Old Italian: lombardo adj Lombard W7
Italian: lungo adj/prep long; along TLL
Lithuanian: ìlgas, ilgà adj long LRC
Latvian: ilgi adj/adv long, for a long time LRC
Old Church Slavonic: dlu'gu' adj long GED/RPN
  dlu'zo, dlu'ziti vb to extend RPN
Greek: dolichós adj long GED
  endelechês adj perpetual, continuous GED/RPN
Hittite: da-lu-ga-as-ti n length GED/RPN
  da-lu-ga-e-es adj long RPN
  ta-lu-ki-(i)s-zi to become long RPN
Old Persian: darga- adj long GED
Avestan: darugo adj long GED
  drajo n length GED
Sanskrit: dirghá-h adj long, tall, deep GED/RPN
  draghate vb to stretch, lengthen GED/RPN
  dragh(i)man n length RPN


Key to Part-of-Speech/Grammatical feature abbreviations:

Abbrev. Meaning
3=3rd person
I=class 1
fem=feminine (gender)
freq=frequentative (aspect)
masc=masculine (gender)
sg=singular (number)
wk=weak (inflection)

Key to information Source codes (always with 'LRC' as editor):

Code Citation
AHD=Calvert Watkins: The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. (2000)
ASD=Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)
GED=Winfred P. Lehmann: A Gothic Etymological Dictionary (1986)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
RPN=Allan R. Bomhard: Reconstructing Proto-Nostratic (2002)
TLL=Frederick Bodmer: The Loom of Language (1944)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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