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From Proto-Vietic *taːʔ (man, male); cognate with Muong tửa (man, male; inferior one). Possibly related to other MK roots with the meaning "grandfather, elderly man", compare Khmer តា (taa), Khmu [taʔ] ("grandfather"), Bolyu [ta³¹] ("grandfather"), Temiar taak (sir, grandfather).



đứa (𠁂, 𡥥)

  1. indicates young person, child, or an inferior person
    • 2005, Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, "Nhà cổ" (in Cánh đồng bất tận), Trẻ publishing house
      Hai đứa tôi ngồi đâu đó (chỗ mà ai cũng nhìn thấy) nói chuyện chơi, có lúc, chẳng cần nói gì.
      The two of us were sitting somewhere (a place where everyone could see us) chatting, sometimes not needing to say anything.