ยาย

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Compare Indonesian nyai; Khmer យាយ (yéay); Lao ຍາຍ (nyāi), ຍາຽ (nyāi); Shan ၼၢႆး (naay4).

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Orthographic/Phonemic ยาย
y ā y
Paiboon yaai
(standard) IPA(key) /jaːj˧/

Noun[edit]

ยาย (yaai) (classifier คน)

  1. maternal grandmother.
  2. (sometimes derogatory) aged woman.
  3. (often derogatory and offensive) a term of address to or title for a woman, irrespective of her age.
  4. (colloquial) a diminutive or affectionate term of address to or title for a young woman or for a woman of the same age as the speaker.

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