der Schlaf

Meanings

1.
the sleep
(also used as the first part of many compounds)
2.
the grit, the sleep
(dry "sand" in the corner of the eyes)

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Word of the Day - "ausschlafen"

A quick look at the meaning of "ausschlafen" and its brothers "verschlafen" and "einschlafen". Also: some grammar... yawn!

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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