نفس

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the root ن ف س(n-f-s).

Verb[edit]

نَفُسَ (nafusa) I, non-past يَنْفُسُ‎‎ (yanfusu)

  1. to be priceless, to be precious, to be valuable
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نَفِسَ (nafisa) I, non-past يَنْفَسُ‎‎ (yanfasu)

  1. to be niggardly, to be stingy, to be sparing
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نَفِسَ (nafisa) I, non-past يَنْفَسُ‎‎ (yanfasu)

  1. to envy, to begrudge
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نَفِسَ (nafisa) I, non-past يَنْفَسُ‎‎ (yanfasu)
نُفِسَ (nufisa) I, non-past يُنْفَسُ‎‎ (yunfasu) (passive)

  1. to be in childbed
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نَفَّسَ (naffasa) II, non-past يُنَفِّسُ‎‎ (yunaffisu)

  1. to comfort, to cheer up, to reassure, to appease
  2. to relieve, to dispel, to banish
  3. to air, to vent
  4. to uncover, to reveal, to voice
  5. to cease, to desist
  6. to let out air
  7. to be in childbed
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *napš-.

Noun[edit]

IPA(key): /nafs/

نَفْس (nafsf (plural نُفُوس(nufūs) or أَنْفُس(ʾanfus))

  1. self
    1. (plural أَنْفُس(ʾanfus)) in idafa with an enclitic pronoun attached to it
      نَفْسُهُ‎ ― nafsuhuhimself
      1. (plural أَنْفُس(ʾanfus)) as reflexive
        قَتَلَ نَفْسَهُ‎ ― qatala nafsahuHe killed himself. [reflexive]
        رَأَيْتُ نَفْسِي فِي ٱلْمِرْآةِ‎ ― raʾaytu nafsī fī l-mirʾātiI saw myself in the mirror.
      2. (plural أَنْفُس(ʾanfus)) as emphatic
        جَاءَنِي هُوَ نَفْسُهُ.‎‎
        jāʾanī huwa nafsuhu.
        He came to me himself or in person.
  2. same used in the construct state, with a modifying noun in the genitive, or after the noun with an enclitic pronoun attached to it
    نَفْسُ ٱلشَّيْءِ‎ ― nafsu š-šayʾithe same thing
    فِي نَفْسِ ٱلْيَوْمِ، فِي ٱلْيَوْمِ نَفْسِهِ
    fī nafsi l-yawmi, fī l-yawmi nafsihi
    on the same day
  3. consciousness
  4. psyche, mind
  5. spirit, soul
  6. life, breath
  7. essence, nature
  8. inclination, appetite, proclivity
  9. personal identity
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IPA(key): /nafs/

نَفْس (nafsm (plural نُفُوس(nufūs) or أَنْفُس(ʾanfus))

  1. living creature, living being, human being, person
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Noun[edit]

IPA(key): /na.fas/

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نَفَس (nafasm (plural أَنْفَاس(ʾanfās))

  1. verbal noun of نَفِسَ (nafisa) (form I)
  2. verbal noun of نَفُسَ (nafusa) (form I)
  3. breath
  4. puff, draw (of smoke)
  5. gulp, draught
  6. freedom, liberty, convenience, discretion
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Descendants[edit]
  • Azerbaijani: nəfəs
  • Baluchi: نپس(napas)
  • Indonesian: napas, nafas
  • Malay: nafas
  • Persian: نفس(nafas)
  • Turkish: nefes
  • Uzbek: nafas

References[edit]

  • Dozy, Reinhart Pieter Anne (1881), “نفس”, in Supplément aux dictionnaires arabes (in French), volume 2, Leiden: E. J. Brill, pages 700–701
  • Freytag, Georg (1837), “نفس”, in Lexicon arabico-latinum praesertim ex Djeuharii Firuzabadiique et aliorum Arabum operibus adhibitis Golii quoque et aliorum libris confectum, volume 4, Halle: C. A. Schwetschke, page 313
  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “نفس”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, →ISBN, pages 1155–1556

Moroccan Arabic[edit]

Root
ن ف س

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic نَفَّسَ(naffasa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

نفس (naffas) (non-past ينفس(ynaffas), form II)

  1. to vent, to air
  2. to let out air
  3. to fart on (someone)
    نفستينا يا صاحبي!‎‎
    naffastīna ya sāḥbi
    You farted on us, dude!
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic نَفْس(nafs).

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Noun[edit]

نفس (nafsm

  1. same used in the construct state, with a modifying noun, or after the noun with an enclitic pronoun attached to it
    نفس الشي‎ ― nafs eš-šithe same thing
    فنفس اليوم، فاليوم نفسه‎ ― f-nafs el-yūm, f-el-yūm nafsuon the same day
  2. life, breath
  3. inclination, appetite, proclivity

Persian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Arabic نَفَس(nafas).

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Noun[edit]

نفس (nafas) (plural نفس‌ها(nafas-hâ) or انفاس(anfâs))

  1. breath
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Arabic نَفْس(nafs).

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Noun[edit]

نفس (nafs) (plural نفس‌ها(nafs-hâ) or نفوس(nofus))

  1. soul, self
  2. psyche
  3. spirit, mind
  4. personal identity