ayo

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See also: Ayo and ayó

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Interjection[edit]

ayo

  1. (African American Vernacular, informal) A greeting.
    • 2004, Michael Daniel Baptiste, Cracked Dreams, page 73:
      "Ayo, Red. It's the homie Spits on the jack for you, blood." "Ayo, homeboy," said Red as he excitedly picked up the telephone receiver. "What's up, fool?"
    • 2007, Reginald L. Hall, In Love with a Thug, page 38:
      Ayo, wassup, girl,” he said to Keisha as he continued to walk toward the back area where I stood. ... “Ayo, wassup, playa?
    • 2007, Tony J. Ward, Jr., I've Got to Make It to Heaven for Going Through Hell: Part 1, page 39:
      Ayo Toine, you think they'd put me down?
    • 2007, Nikki Turner, Christmas in the Hood, page 289:
      "Ayo, fam, you a'ight down there?" Victorious's cell mate asked.
    • 2008, Treasure Hernandez, Resurrection, page 106:
      "Ayo, ma, where you going?" a dude asked her as she walked by him.
    • 2008, Ashley JaQuavis, The Trophy Wife, page 103:
      "Ayo, Kalil!" a man's voice said from amidst the crowd. Kalil looked up and saw his lil' man, Peanut, distributing packets of heroin and taking money from the fiends.
    • 2010, R Green Damon, Somethin' to Think about, page 197:
      "Ayo, Cee, listen to this shit here," said Matt, passing him his cell.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Yoruba

Noun[edit]

ayo

  1. (West African English) A strategy game.
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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayo ‎(inanimate)

  1. Obsolete spelling of āyoh

Hiligaynon[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayô

  1. a pet name
  2. bargain, discount

Verb[edit]

ayô

  1. to ask or request

Indonesian[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ayo

  1. come on!

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayo m (plural ayos, feminine aya, feminine plural ayas)

  1. Obsolete spelling of aio

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the hypothetical Gothic word *𐌷𐌰𐌲𐌾𐌰 ‎(hagja).

Noun[edit]

ayo m ‎(plural ayos)

  1. Person who takes care of children; tutor

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Yoruba[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayo

  1. joy

Yurumanguí[edit]

Noun[edit]

ayo

  1. river

References[edit]

  • Prehistoria: Lenguas y dialectos indigenas de Colombia (Luis Duque Gómez, ‎Sergio Elías Ortiz, 1965), citing Romero's wordlist