ควาย

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Tai *ɣwaːjᴬ (water buffalo). Cognate with Lao ຄວາຍ (khuāi), Shan ၵႂၢႆး (kwaaj4), Zhuang vaiz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic ควาย
g w ā y
Phonemic คฺวาย
g ̥ w ā y
Paiboon kwaai
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /kʰwaːj˧/

Noun[edit]

ควาย (kwaai)

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

Usage notes[edit]

As for the sense of water buffalo, the term is sometimes considered vulgar. It is often replaced by the term กระบือ (grà-bʉʉ) in formal writing.

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Adjective[edit]

ควาย (kwaai) (abstract noun ความควาย)

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

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