هو

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Arabic[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Standard Arabic) IPA(key): /hu.wa/
  • (file)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Semitic *šuʔa.

Pronoun[edit]

هُوَ (huwam (genitive ـهُ(-hu) or ـهِ(-hi), accusative ـهُ(-hu) or ـهِ(-hi) or إِيَّاهُ(ʾiyyāhu))

  1. he (subject pronoun)
  2. it (subject pronoun, referring to inanimate nouns of masculine gender)
  3. copulative force
    اَلْوَقْت هُوَ اَلْمَال.‎‎
    al-waqt huwa l-māl.
    Time is money.
  4. This term needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    • 609–632 C.E., Qur'an, 2:96:
      وَمَا هُوَ بِمُزَحْزِحِهِ مِنَ الْعَذَابِ أَن يُعَمَّرَ
      wamā huwa bimuzaḥziḥihi mina l-ʿaḏābi ʾan yuʿammara
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From هُوَ(huwa, it), calqued from German Es, possibly through Latin id.

Noun[edit]

هُوَ (huwam

  1. (psychology) id

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  • Wehr, Hans (1979) , “هو”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, →ISBN

Egyptian Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هُوَ(huwa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هو (húwwam

  1. he (subject pronoun)

See also[edit]


Hijazi Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هُوَ(huwa)

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هو (huwwam, enclitic form ـه(-u).

  1. he (subject pronoun)
  2. it (subject pronoun, referring to animals and inanimate nouns of masculine gender)

Moroccan Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هُوَ(huwa).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هو (huwwam

  1. he (subject pronoun)

See also[edit]

Moroccan Arabic personal pronouns
Singular Plural
1st person أنا(ʔana), آنا(ʔāna) حنا(ḥna)
2nd person m انت(nta), انتينا(ntīna), انتين(ntīn) انتوما(ntūma), انتوم(ntūm)
f انت(nti), انتينا(ntīna), انتين(ntīn)
3rd person m هو (huwwa) هوما(hūma), هوم(hūm)
f هي(hiyya)

Pashto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

هو (ho)

  1. yes

Persian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably dialectal variant of هبر(habar, pus), from Proto-Indo-European *sab-, *sap-; cognate with English sap. Compare Kurdish ھەو(hew, pus, inflammation).

Noun[edit]

هو (how)

  1. pus

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Armenian: հու (hu) (possibly)

References[edit]

  • Steingass, Francis Joseph (1892) , “هو”, in A Comprehensive Persian–English dictionary, London: Routledge & K. Paul
  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979) , “հու”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, reprint of the original 1926–1935 seven-volume edition, Yerevan: University Press
  • Martirosyan, Hrach (2010) Etymological Dictionary of the Armenian Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 8), Leiden, Boston: Brill, page 421


South Levantine Arabic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic هُوَ(huwa).

Pronoun[edit]

هو (huwwem

  1. he (subject pronoun)
    Enclitic form: ـه‎(-o/-h)

See also[edit]

South Levantine Arabic personal pronouns
Singular Plural
1st person أنا(ʔana) احنا(ʔiḥna)
2nd person m انت(ʔinta) انتوا(ʔintu)
f انتي(ʔinti)
3rd person m هو (huwwe) هم(humme)
f هي(hiyye)

Tunisian Arabic[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هُوَّ (huwwam (f هي‎, pl هما‎)

  1. he (subject pronoun)