ลาว

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of uncertain origin. Compare Old Khmer lahv, lāhv, lāhva, Northern Thai ᩃᩣ᩠ᩅ (lāaw), Lao ລາວ (lāo), ᦟᦱᧁ (laaw). Possibly related to Northern Thai ᩉᩖᩮᩢ᩵ᩣ (làw), ᩃᩮᩢᩣ (lāw), Tai Dón ꪹꪩꪱ, Thai ละว้า, ลัวะ (lúa).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemicลาว
l ā w
RomanizationPaiboonlaao
Royal Institutelao
(standard) IPA(key)/laːw˧/
Audio

Proper noun[edit]

ลาว (laao)

  1. (ประเทศ~) Laos (a country in Asia)
  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.

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