οὐ

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Ancient Greek[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly οὐκί (oukí), from *ojukid, from Proto-Indo-European *(ne) h₂óyu kʷid (not ever, not on your life). Compare Sanskrit उद् (ud), Gothic 𐌿𐌳 (ud), Old Armenian ոչ (očʿ).

Pronunciation[edit]

 

Adverb[edit]

οὐ (ou)

  1. not (indicates negation)

Usage notes[edit]

οὐ is the indicative negator (i.e. of facts, statements), where μή (mḗ) is the subjunctive negator (i.e. of will, thought). It usually immediately precedes the word (most often a verb) which it negates. Negative concord (also known as double negatives) is frequent in Ancient Greek.

References[edit]