אבא

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Aramaic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʔabw-.

Noun[edit]

אַבָּא (ʾabbām (plural אֲבָהָתָא‎, singular construct אֲבוּ‎, feminine counterpart אִמָּא‎)

  1. father, ancestor, progenitor
    • Targum Onkelos, B'midbar 27:6-7
      וַאֲמַר יְיָ לְמשֶׁה לְמֵימָר: יָאוּת בְּנַת צְלָפְחָד מְמַלְּלָן מִתַּן תִּתֵּן לְהוֹן אֲחוּדַת אַחֲסָנָא בְּגוֹ אֲחֵי אֲבוּהֶן וְתַעֲבַר יָת אַחֲסָנַת אֲבוּהֶן לְהֵן:‎‎
      ʋaˀämar haşem lëmoşe lëmeimar - yāˀūƭ bënaƭ çëlôfɧāɖ mëmalëlān mitan titēn lëhōn ˀäɧūɖaƭ ˀaɧäsānā bëģo ˀäɧei ˀävūhen ʋëƭaˤävar yāƭ ˀaɧäsānaƭ ˀävūhen lëhēn.
      And Hashem spoke to Moshe to say, "What Tselofkhad's daughters say is correct; you shall certainly give them the inheritance of property among the brothers of their father and you will transfer their father's property to them."
  2. teacher
  3. chief, leader
  4. author, originator
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

אבא (transliteration neededm (plural אבנאor אבא)

  1. thicket, woods, grove
  2. produce, fruit, vegetable

References[edit]

  • ˀb”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Jastrow, Marcus (1903) A Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature, London, New York: Luzac & Co., G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press

Hebrew[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *ʾab-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

אַבָּא (ábam (feminine counterpart אמא‎)

  1. (colloquial) Dad, daddy.
    • 2009, אביתר בנאי, אבא
      אבא, אני רוצה לעמוד מולך
      להאמין שאתה אבא טוב
      אבא, אני צריך לדעת שאתה אוהב אותי
      ככה סתם אבא טוב
  2. (Rabbinic Hebrew) Father, especially the speaker's own father.

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