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