Lemizh / English dictionary
to be one’s-dat boyfriend, girlfriend (partner in a romantic relationship); a romantic relationship
lèwb.(, lìwb.) boyfriend, girlfriend
This word is typically used for unmarried couples, as we have the verb dwàc. ‘marry’ and its various inner cases for ‘marriage’ (cons) and ‘spouse’ (nom/dat). Using làwb. for a married couple focuses on their romantic love rather than on the institution of marriage.
< NLem lumb‑a
< LMLem, MLem lumb‑yr
< OLem lumb‑ ‘love’
< PLem *lumb‑, zero-grade root stative of
< PIE *leu̯bʰ‑ ‘love; infatuate, confuse’
doublet of làb.
Eng love, Lat libet ‘it is pleasing’