Origin of English word GAUDINESS

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The word GAUDINESS is addressed in the entry: GAUDY

English Word


Edenic Word


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The Indo-European “root” of GAUDY is gau (to rejoice).  Latin gaud(ere) is to rejoice.  GAUDINESS, showy ornamentation, brings joy to most children and Americans (think Vegas).

If  this etymology is satifactory, the Latin is likely from  חדה   K[H]aDaH.  It means rejoice (Exodus18:9), while the related חדוה    K[H]eDVaH means gladness and joy (Nehemiah8:10).is et

The superior etymon, though, is  עדי   GHahDeeY (ornament – Exodus 33:5).    is the verb of adorning oneself,  as the bride with jewels in Isaiah 61:10.  A Yemenite bride should fit any dictionay’s photo to illustrate  GAUDINESS/  The first gaudy wives were named עדה   GHaDaH by Lamech (Genesis 4:19) and Esau (Genesis 36:2). We would call them trophy wives. See DECORATE.

More Ayin-Dalet happiness at HEDONISM.


Somehow, ENJOY, JOY and REJOICE are listed as official cognates at the Indo-European “root” gau (to rejoice). Cognate GANOID is from Greek ganos (brightness), a GN → NG link to NaGaH (brightness).

Looking now at the back "half" of [K]HeDVaH, antonyms include DOAVeH (sad) and  D'ABHaH (sorrow). If the DV sorrow sounds like a mourningful bird – see DOVE.

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