هو

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Arabic[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Cognate to Hebrew הוא (hu') and Aramaic הו (hu).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هُوَ (huwam (enclitic form ـهُ (-hu) or ـهِ (-hi))

  1. he (subject pronoun)
  2. it (subject pronoun, referring to inanimate nouns of masculine gender)
  3. هُوَ (huwa) and هِيَ (hiya) have copulative force:
    اَلْوَقْت هُوَ اَلْمَال.‏
    al-waqt huwa l-māl.
    Time is money.

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 0-87950-003-4

Egyptian Arabic[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هُوَّ (húwwam (f هي, pl هم)

  1. he (subject pronoun)

Pashto[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

هو (ho)

  1. yes

Persian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare Kurdish ھەو (hew, pus, inflammation).

Noun[edit]

هو ()

  1. pus

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes the word is read as hau, which is wrong, as proved by the Armenian descendant.

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Armenian: հու (hu)

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, 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


Tunisian Arabic[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

هُوَّ (huwwam (f هي, pl هما)

  1. he (subject pronoun)