ba

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Contents

English[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Old French baer (to open the mouth); compare French bayer.

Verb[edit]

ba (third-person singular simple present bas, present participle baing, simple past and past participle baed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To kiss.
    • Geoffrey Chaucer, The Tale of the Wyf of Bathe
      Com neer, my spouse, lat me ba thy cheke!

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Egyptian bꜣ,

G53Z1

Noun[edit]

ba (plural bas)

  1. In ancient Egyptian mythology, a being's soul or personality, represented as a bird-headed figure, which survives after death but must be sustained with offerings of food.
    • 1983, Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings:
      But the Ba, I remembered, could be seen as the mistress of your heart and might or might not decide to speak to you, just as the heart cannot always forgive.

Etymology 3[edit]

The sound is very commonly made by infants, and is interpreted by parents as a reference to themselves.

Noun[edit]

ba (plural bas) (not generally used in the plural)

  1. (colloquial, and in direct address) father, baba

Etymology 4[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A medieval football game played in parts of Scotland around Christmas and New Year.
    • 2011, Alistair Moffat, The Borders
      The townsmen played ba often and clearly knew what they were doing.

Anagrams[edit]


Akan[edit]

Verb[edit]

ba

  1. (Fante) come

References[edit]

  • Rose-Juliet Anyanwu, Fundamentals of Phonetics, Phonology and Tonology (2008)

Bakung[edit]

ba

Noun[edit]

ba

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)
  2. water (mineral water)

Borôro[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba

  1. egg

Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation 1[edit]

Particle[edit]

ba

  1. final interrogative particle

Pronunciation 2[edit]

  • (General Cebuano) IPA(key): /ˈba/
  • Rhymes: -a

Etymology[edit]

Short for baba.

Verb[edit]

ba

  1. to piggyback; to carry someone on the back

Chichewa[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

-ba (infinitive kuba)

  1. steal

Derived terms[edit]


Cimbrian[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

ba

  1. (relative) that; which; who

Adverb[edit]

ba

  1. (interrogative) where

References[edit]

  • “ba” in Umberto Martello Martalar, Alfonso Bellotto, Dizionario della lingua Cimbra dei Setti Communi vicentini, 1st edition, 1974.

Duun[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic?

Noun[edit]

ba

  1. goat

Further reading[edit]


Eastern Penan[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba

  1. water

References[edit]


Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ba

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐌰

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

EB1911 - Volume 01 - Page 001 - 1.svg This entry lacks etymological information. If you are familiar with the origin of this term, please add it to the page per etymology instructions. You can also discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.

Verb[edit]

ba

  1. give

Synonyms[edit]


Irish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba f pl

  1. plural of
    Tá na ba sa mhá.The cows are in the field.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Irish ba.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (affirmative): b’ (used before a vowel sound except for the pronouns é, í, iad, ea)
  • (relative): ab (used before a vowel sound)
  • badh (archaic)
  • budh (superseded)
  • dob, dob' (dialectal equivalent of b’)

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

ba (triggers lenition)

  1. past and conditional affirmative of is
    Ba é Dónall an múinteoir.Dónall was the teacher.
    Ba mhaith liom cupán tae.I would like a cup of tea.
  2. past and conditional direct relative of is (used to introduce the comparative/superlative form of adjectives)
    fear ba shine ná m'athaira man (who was) older than my father
Related terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
ba bha mba
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ó Searcaigh, Séamus (1925), Foghraidheacht Ghaedhilge an Tuaiscirt, Belfast: Brún agus Ó Nualláin [Browne and Nolan], § 2.

Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ba

  1. bah!
  2. oh well!

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ba

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Kriol[edit]

Preposition[edit]

ba

  1. Alternative form of blanga

Kurdish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Iranian [Term?] (compare Avestan 𐬬𐬁𐬙𐬋 (vātō), Pashto and Persian باد (bâd)), from Proto-Indo-Iranian [Term?] (compare Sanskrit वात (vā́ta)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wéh₁n̥ts (blowing), present participle of *h₂weh₁- (to blow).

Noun[edit]

ba m

  1. weather
  2. wind

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ba (Zhuyin ˙ㄅㄚ)

  1. Pinyin transcription of
  2. Pinyin transcription of ,
  3. Pinyin transcription of 𣬶
  4. Pinyin transcription of 𣬷

ba

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

ba

  1. simple past of be

Old Irish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (2nd sg. pres. subj.): be

Verb[edit]

ba

  1. inflection of is:
    1. first-person and second-person and third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative
    3. third-person singular preterite and imperfect indicative nonrelative and relative

Phuthi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb[edit]

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection[edit]

This entry needs an inflection-table template.


Swazi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb[edit]

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection[edit]

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Tagalog[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

ba

  1. marks a sentence as interrogative

Tiruray[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba

  1. (anatomy) mouth

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“father”; SV: bả).

Noun[edit]

ba (, )

  1. (chiefly Southern Vietnam) father
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Vietnamese cardinal numbers
 <  2 3 4  > 
    Cardinal : ba

From Proto-Vietic *paː, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *piʔ; cognate with Muong pa, Khmer បី (bəy), Halang pe, Pacoh pe, Mon ပိ (pi).

Numeral[edit]

ba (, 𠀧)

  1. (cardinal) three

Adjective[edit]

ba (, 𠀧)

  1. (Southern Vietnam, ordinal, of a sibling) secondborn
    anh/chị basecond eldest brother/sister
    bác basecond eldest brother/sister of one's parent
    chú basecondborn younger brother of one's father
Derived terms[edit]

Determiner[edit]

ba

  1. (colloquial) some, an indefinite quantity greater than one
    Ba cái đó chả đáng quan tâm.
    There's no need to be concerned about those.

Volapük[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ba

  1. perhaps

Xhosa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb[edit]

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection[edit]

This verb needs an inflection-table template.


Yapese[edit]

Verb[edit]

ba

  1. (auxiliary) to be (doing something); forms the present tense

Zulu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-ba, from Proto-Bantu *-báa.

Verb[edit]

-ba

  1. to be
  2. to become

Inflection[edit]

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

References[edit]