ลาว

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Compare Old Khmer lahv, lāhv, lāhva; Lao ລາວ (lāo); ᦟᦱᧁ (laaw).

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemic ลาว
l ā w
Paiboon laao
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /laːw˧/
Audio

Proper noun[edit]

ลาว (laao)

  1. (ประเทศ~) Laos.
  2. (archaic) Lan Na, an ancient kingdom in Northern Thailand.
  3. (ภาษา~) Lao:
    1. the language of the people of Laos.
    2. (archaic) Lan Na language, now known as Northern Thai language.

Noun[edit]

ลาว (laao)

  1. (คน~, ชาว~) Lao.
    1. member of a people of Laos.
    2. (archaic) member of a people of Lan Na, an ancient kingdom in Northern Thailand.
  2. a type of traditional Thai songs, as ลาวดวงเดือน (laao-duuang-dʉʉan), ลาวคำหอม (laao-kam-hɔ̌ɔm), ลาวม่านแก้ว (laao-mâan-gɛ̂ɛo), etc.

Adjective[edit]

ลาว (laao)

  1. (ethnic slur, derogatory, offensive) being from a low social class; uncivilised; countrified.
  2. (ethnic slur, derogatory, offensive) unfashionable.
  3. (ethnic slur, derogatory, offensive) dull; unintelligent; slow of understanding.
  4. (ethnic slur, derogatory, offensive) gauche; awkward; lacking social graces.