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\ \ [OE] English and Dutch (with laat) are the only modern European languages to use this word to express the idea of ‘behind time’. It comes from an Indo-European base *lad- ‘slow, weary’, which also produced Latin lassustired’ (source of English alas [13] and lassitude [16]).
\ \ In prehistoric Germanic this gave *latazslow, sluggish’. Its English descendant late originally meant ‘slow’ (and the related German lass still means ‘lazy’), but although this survived dialectally into the 19th century, in the mainstream language ‘delayed’ had virtually replaced it by the 15th century. From the same ultimate Indo-European source come English lease, let, and liege.
\ \ Cf.ALAS, LASSITUDE, LAST, LEASE, LET, LIEGE

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