zao

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See also: zāo, záo, zǎo, and zào

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

zao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of zāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of záo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of zǎo.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of zào.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *zъlъ.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /zâo/
  • Hyphenation: za‧o

Adjective[edit]

zȁo (definite zlȋ, comparative gȍrī, Cyrillic spelling за̏о)

  1. evil, malicious, bad, mean, wicked
    zao čov(j)ek ― an evil man
    zao pogled ― a mean look
    vi ste vrlo zao čov(j)ek! ― you're a very bad man!
    Borio sam se kao medv(j)ed, ali su zli duhovi bili prejaki ― I fought like a bear, but evil spirits were too strong
    veliki, zli vuk će te pronaći/da te pronađe ― the big bad wolf is gonna find you
    upravo sam imao najgori dan ikada ― I just had my worse day ever
  2. bad (having bad quality)
    zla sreća ― bad luck
    biti na zlu glasu ― to have a bad reputation
    u zao čas ― ill-timed

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • zao” in Hrvatski jezični portal