խի

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Armenian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Old Armenian root հի- (hi-); see it.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

խի (xi)

  1. (colloquial, interrogative) why
    Խի՞ ես ծիծաղում։Xi? es cicałum. — Why are you laughing?

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Usage notes[edit]

Even though this word is shunned as colloquial, it is of native Armenian origin and not a borrowing.

References[edit]

  • հի in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University