คน

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Thai[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemic คน
g n
Paiboon kon
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /kʰon˧/
Homophones คนธ์
คล

Alternative forms[edit]

  • ฅน ‎(kon) (See note below.)

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Tai *ɢwɯnᴬ ‎(human being, person). Compare Lao ຄົນ ‎(khon), ᦅᦳᧃ ‎(kun⁴).

Classifier[edit]

คน ‎(kon)

  1. classifier used with people and occupations

Noun[edit]

คน ‎(kon) ‎(classifier คน)

  1. people, person, guy, man, human being

Prefix[edit]

คน ‎(kon)

  1. (agent prefix, person who) -er, -or (designating an occupation)
  2. (designating nationality or ethnicity) -an
    คนไทย  ―  kon tai  ―  Thai people
Usage notes[edit]

Historically, 'คน' was never written 'ฅน'. The letter 'ฅ' was once called 'ฅ ฅอคน' (kho khokhon, neck of a person), but nowadays it has worn down to 'ฅ คน' (kho khon, person). This leads to the misspelling of 'ฅน'. However, 'ฅน' is occasionally used in book, movie, or TV program titles and such usage is considered a neologism.

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

คน ‎(kon) ‎(abstract noun การคน)

  1. to stir, to scramble, to mix