ba

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowing 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]

Borrowing from Egyptian 𓅽𓏤 (bA).

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

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]

  • (General Cebuano) IPA(key): /ˈbaʔ/
  • Rhymes: -aʔ

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

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.

Eastern Penan[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba

  1. water

References[edit]


Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ba

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐌰

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Verb[edit]

ba

  1. give

Synonyms[edit]


Irish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ba f

  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)

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.

Italian[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. wind

Lojban[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From balvi.

Cmavo[edit]

ba (selma'o PU )

  1. (subordinating conjunction) after
    ba lenu la jan. cliva kei la suzyn. klama le barja [1]
    After Zhang left, Susan came to the bar.
    la suzyn. klama ba lenu la jan. cliva kei le barja
    Susan came (after Zhang left) to the bar.
    la suzyn. klama le barja ba lenu la jan. cliva kei
    Susan came to the bar after Zhang left.
  2. (adverbial particle) future tense tag[2]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The elidable terminator for a subordinate clause begun with "ba lenu" is kei.

Antonyms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]


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

Tagalog[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

ba

  1. marks a sentence as interrogative

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 *paː. Cognates include Khmer បី (bəi).

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]

See also[edit]


Volapük[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ba

  1. perhaps

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]