lemÌc. Lemizh grammar and dictionary

Lemizh / English dictionary

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to lie to someone-dat about something-acc, to deceive with words (ditto);
timber: to creak without anyone stepping on it

Usage notes

From Late Middle Lemizh onwards, people have said that timbers are ‘lying’ to describe their creaking noises due to wind and temperature changes; this is because the timber falsely acts as if some intruder were in the house.


NLem mexk‑a
LMLem mèxk‑a
MLem meexk‑a
OLem mēçk‑
PLem *māçx‑ ‘lengthen, stretch’, root present of
PIE *meh₂k̑‑eh₂‑ ‘make long’, de-adjectival factitive verb of
  PIE *meh₂k̑‑ ‘long’

The modern meaning developed from the notion of ‘stretching the truth’.


Eng macro- (via Gk μακρός ‘long, far’)