Turkish kabar قبار

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by Treaty, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Treaty Senior Member

    Australia
    Persian
    Hi,

    Turkish kabar(mek) means "to swell" or "to rise". Earlier, I thought it was borrowed from Arabic k-b-r کبر ("to be/get big"). However, I found it is written with ق [q] in Ottoman Turkish not ک [k]. So, is it then genuinely Turkic?
     
  2. CapnPrep Senior Member

    France
    AmE
    Redhouse does not identify kabarmak as Arabic. Nişanyan says (without certainty) that it's Turkic:
    Or in more detail:
     
  3. origumi Senior Member

    Hebrew
  4. Treaty Senior Member

    Australia
    Persian
  5. ancalimon Senior Member

    Istanbul
    Turkish
    kabar also means "to become conceited", "to think highly of oneself", "full of hubris".

    For example, when a peacock opens its colorful feathers, we call it "kabar". It can also be seen as a sign of conceit ~ hubris..

    The similarity between hubris and kabar ~ kibir is a coincidence as far as we know.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2014

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