או

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Aramaic[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

או ‎(transliteration needed)

  1. or, either

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

או ‎(transliteration needed)

  1. woe, alas, O

References[edit]

  • )w”, 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]

Conjunction[edit]

אוֹ ‎('o)

  1. Or.
    הוא בא, או לא?
    hu ba, o lo?
    Is he coming, or not?
  2. Either.
    או זה או זה אפשר.
    o ze o ze efshár.
    You can have either this one or this one.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Hebrew אוֹ is used much as English or, and Hebrew אוֹ … אוֹ is used much as English eitheror. The main difference is that אוֹ … אוֹ cannot by itself introduce two complete clauses; rather, in this case, each clause must be introduced by ש־ ‎(that):
    או שאתה כן, או שאתה לא.
    o she'ata ken, o she'ata lo.
    Either you do, or you don't.