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]

  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), “հի”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, published 1926–1935