wat

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Thai วัด.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wat (plural wats)

  1. A Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.
    There are two wats near this village.
    Angkor Wat
    • 1857, Sir John Bowring, The kingdom and people of Siam, volume 1, page 165:
      Having at last got past the crowd of boats, we advanced rapidly for two hours more, when we stopped at a wat, in order to give the men a rest.
    • 1982, Carlo Caldarola, Religions and societies, Asia and the Middle East, page 379:
      Aside from its religious function in the community, the wat also performs a large variety of social functions.
    • 1996, James Bissett Pratt, The Pilgrimage of Buddhism and a Buddhist Pilgrimage, page 194:
      It would be a mistake, however, to emphasize the Hindu element in Cambodian Buddhism and Cambodian temples. At its greatest it is always a subordinate element and in most of the wats or temples it hardly appears at all, []
    • 1999, Steve Van Beek; Luca Invernizzi, The arts of Thailand, page 15:
      It is often possible to discern the motivation or importance of a wat by examining its name
    • 2003, Joshua Eliot; Jane Bickersteth, Thailand handbook, page 268:
      The ubosoth is in a small enclosure just before the main entrance to the wat, on the right, which has fine gilded doors. The wat has a small museum.
Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Amharic.

Noun[edit]

wat

  1. A kind of stew or curry eaten in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Etymology 3[edit]

Variation of what.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (informal, Internet, text messaging) Alternative spelling of what

Adverb[edit]

wat (not comparable)

  1. (informal, Internet, text messaging) Alternative spelling of what

Determiner[edit]

wat

  1. (informal, Internet, text messaging) Alternative spelling of what

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch wat.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. what (interrogative pronoun)
  2. what (relative pronoun)
  3. which (interrogative pronoun)
  4. which (relative pronoun)
  5. that (relative pronoun)

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch wat, from Old Dutch wat, from Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód, *kʷod, compare West Frisian wat, English what, German was, Danish hvad.

Pronunciation[edit]

(file)

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (interrogative) what: e.g. (1) asking for a subject complement; (2) asking for a sentence object
    (1) Wat is dat?What is that?
    (2) Wat wil je doen?What do you want to do?
  2. (relative) what: e.g. (1) as the object of a sentence; (2) ditto
    (1) Ik weet niet wat ik wil doen. — I don't know what I want to do.
    (2) Jij moet afblijven wat jij daar ziet. — You must not touch what you see there.
  3. (relative) that: e.g. (1) modifying an indefinite pronoun like iets, niets, alles or het enige; (2) modifying an adjective that is used as a noun, usually a superlative
    (1) Geef mij maar alles wat eetbaar is. — Please give me everything that is edible.
    (2) Het duurste wat er was. — The most expensive that there was.
  4. (relative) which: e.g. (1) modifying the demonstrative pronouns dat and datgene; (2) referring back to an entire sentence
    (1) Hij nam precies datgene wat ik had gewild — He took exactly that which I had wanted.
    (2) Jantje deed het in z’n broek, wat zijn moeder in verlegenheid bracht. — John did it in his pants, which embarrassed his mother
  5. (indefinite) something: e.g. (1) as subject; (2) as subject complement
    (1) Daar loopt wat rond.Something there is walking around.
    (2) Dat is aardig wat! — That is quite something! [i.e. "That is quite a lot!"]

Usage notes[edit]

This pronoun can combine with a preposition to form a pronominal adverb. When this occurs, it is changed into its adverbial/locative counterpart waar. See also Category:Dutch pronominal adverbs.

A subclause following the relative pronoun wat is in SOV order.

Determiner[edit]

wat

  1. some
    Ik wil graag wat kersen.
    I want some cherries please.

Adverb[edit]

wat

  1. a bit, somewhat
    Hij doet dat wat onbedachtzaam.
    He does that somewhat unthoughtfully.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

German Low German and West Central German form of standard was, taken over into colloquial standard German.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (colloquial, regional) Alternative form of was
    Wat überlegste?
    What are you thinking?

Usage notes[edit]

Although found in the native dialects throughout northern and western Germany, the use of wat in colloquial standard German is most typical of the west (chiefly North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate). It is also heard in some parts of northern and north-eastern Germany, e.g. in and around Berlin. In all these regions, the forms wat and was are used in free variation.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. (interrogative) what
    Wat ass däin Numm?
    What is your name?
  2. (relative) what
    Ech weess net wat ze doen.
    I don't know what to do.

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch wat, from earlier *hwat, from Proto-Germanic *hwat.

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. what

Descendants[edit]


Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From earlier *hwat, from Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód, *kʷod.

Pronoun[edit]

wat

  1. what

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: wat

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Proto-Germanic *wadą, whence also Old English wæd, Old Norse vað (Icelandic vað).

Noun[edit]

wat n

  1. ford

Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

wat m

  1. watt

Declension[edit]


West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian hwet, from Proto-Germanic *hwat, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód, *kʷod (compare Dutch wat, English what, German was, Danish hvad).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

wat

  1. what (interrogative only)
    Wat sizze hja?
    What are they saying?

See also[edit]

Vilamovian[edit]

wat (1)

Etymology[edit]

Dutch watten

Noun[edit]

wat f

  1. cotton wool