ควาย

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Tai *ɣwaːjᴬ (water buffalo). Cognate with Northern Thai ᨤ᩠ᩅᩣ᩠ᨿ, Isan ควย, Lao ຄວາຍ (khuāi), ᦩᦻ (xwaay), Tai Dam ꪁꪫꪱꪥ, Tai Nüa ᥑᥣᥭᥰ (xäay), Shan ၵႂၢႆး (kwáay), Ahom 𑜁𑜨𑜩 (khoy) or 𑜁𑜩 (khay), Zhuang vaiz, Saek ว๊าย.

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographicควาย
g w ā y
Phonemic
คฺวาย
g ̥ w ā y
RomanizationPaiboonkwaai
Royal Institutekhwai
(standard) IPA(key)/kʰwaːj˧/(R)

Noun[edit]

ควาย (kwaai) (classifier ตัว)

  1. (sometimes considered vulgar) water buffalo: the animal Bubalus bubalis of the family Bovidae.
  2. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, very offensive) (อี~, ไอ้~) stupid person; idiot.

Usage notes[edit]

  • (water buffalo): For formality or politeness, the term is often replaced by กระบือ (grà-bʉʉ).

Synonyms[edit]

water buffalo

Derived terms[edit]

Derived terms

Adjective[edit]

ควาย (kwaai)

  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, very offensive) stupid; idiot.
  2. (slang, sometimes considered vulgar and offensive) very large.

Synonyms[edit]