كيف

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaj.fa/
  • (file)

Adverb[edit]

كَيْفَ (kayfa)

  1. (interrogative) how
  2. however (in whatever way or state)
    • 609–632 CE, Qur'an, 3:6:
      هُوَ ٱلَّذِي يُصَوِّرُكُمْ فِي ٱلْأَرْحَامِ كَيْفَ يَشَاءُ
      huwa llaḏī yuṣawwirukum fī l-ʾarḥāmi kayfa yašāʾu
      It is He who forms you in the wombs however He wills.
Derived terms[edit]
Descendants[edit]
  • Maltese: kif
  • Hijazi Arabic: كيف(kēf)
  • Moroccan Arabic: كيف(kīf)
  • North Levantine Arabic: كيف(kīf)
  • South Levantine Arabic: كيف(kīf)

Etymology 2[edit]

From the root ك ي ف(k-y-f).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

كَيْف (kayfm (plural كُيُوف(kuyūf))

  1. condition, state
  2. mood
  3. will
  4. pleasure, well-being, good humor, enjoyment, carouse, excitement from opium
  5. opiate, narcotic, cannabis
Declension[edit]
Descendants[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

In most of its senses, denominal from كَيْف(kayf). In the sense “to cut off entirely”, intensive of كَافَ(kāfa, to cut off).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

كَيَّفَ (kayyafa) II, non-past يُكَيِّفُ‎‎ (yukayyifu)

  1. to cut off entirely
  2. to regulate
  3. to form, to mold; to adapt, to fit, to modify, to qualify
  4. (modern) to bring one into good humor, to amuse one well
  5. (modern) to make one tipsy, to intoxicate
Conjugation[edit]

Hijazi Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic كَيْفَ(kayfa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

كيف (kēf)

  1. how

Moroccan Arabic[edit]

Root
ك ي ف

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic كَيْفَ(kayfa). Compare Maltese kif.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

كيف (kīf)

  1. (interrogative) how

    كيف صبحتي اليوم؟ ― صبحت شوية عيان.‎‎
    kīf ṣbaḥti l-yūm? ― ṣbaḥt šwiyya ʕiyyān.
    How did you sleep today? ― I woke up a bit tired.
    (literally, “How did you wake up today? ― I woke up a bit tired.”)
    Synonym: كيفاش(kīfāš)
  2. as soon as
    كيف جا، مشيت بحالي.‎‎
    kīf jā, mšīt bḥāli.
    As soon as he came, I've left.

Conjunction[edit]

كيف (kīf)

  1. (before nouns and pronouns) as, like
    ما كاين حد كيفنا.‎‎
    ma kāyin ḥadd kīfna.
    There is no one like us.
    Synonym: (before verbal clauses) كيف ما(kīf mā)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic كَيْف(kayf).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

كيف (kīfm (usually uncountable)

  1. cannabis

    غشوني فالكيف اللي شريت ديك النهار.‎‎
    ḡaššūni f-el-kīf elli šrīt dīk en-nhār.
    They scammed me with the cannabis I bought the other day.
    Synonym: حشيش(ḥšīš)
Descendants[edit]

North Levantine Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic كَيْفَ(kayfa).

Adverb[edit]

كيف (kīf)

  1. how?
    كيفك؟‎‎ (to a male)kīfak?How are you?
    كيفك؟‎‎ (to a female)kīfik?How are you?
    Synonym: (Syria) شلون(šlōn)

South Levantine Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic كَيْفَ(kayfa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

كيف (kīf)

  1. how?

Derived terms[edit]

  • كيفك(kīfak, kīfek, how are you?)