*(s)lē̌b-, *(s)lā̌b-

Meanings

1.
weak, hanging down, gliding down
(English sources do not agree on this root and they list an initial "s". According to German sources, notable English members of this family are sleep, labor, lip and lapse.)

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Vocab:

ausschlafen, verschlafen, einschlafen, schlapp, schlaff, der Schlaf, der Lappen


Word Family

Root: *(s)lē̌b-, *(s)lā̌b-

The core idea of this root was:

weak, lack of tension, hanging down, gliding down

According to DWDS.de, the main etymological source I am using, it’s the root of sleep and the Latin labi, which was about weak, collapsing.
(English sources do not agree  with this connection and list the root of sleep as sleb-, but the core idea of weak is the same)

The Latin labi is the origin of words like lapse, collapse, labor and elaborate.
Other members are sleep and lip.

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