bah

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Early 19th century, probably borrowed from French bah.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bæ/, /bɑː/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: , -ɑː
  • Homophones: baa, bar (in some pronunciations)

Interjection[edit]

bah

  1. (sometimes humorous) Expressing contempt, disgust, or bad temper.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 301:
      "To the doctor's? Bah!" said the sorceress, and spat upon the floor.
    • 1992, April Kihlstrom, Dangerous Masquerade:
      Templeton looked over the assembled servants speculatively, then shrugged. "Bah!" he said. "They're of no use to me. Come, Andrew, a word with you upstairs."
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

bah (plural bahs)

  1. Alternative spelling of baa (the cry of a sheep or goat).
    • 1886 October – 1887 January, H[enry] Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., published 1887, →OCLC:
      `There, cut his throat quick. Where is the saucer?' `The Goat! the Goat! the Goat! Give me the blood of my black goat! I must have it, don't you see I must have it? Oh! oh! oh! give me the blood of the goat.' At this moment a terrified bah! announced that the poor goat had been sacrificed, and the next minute a woman ran up with a saucer full of blood.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Mandarin (ba).

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Particle[edit]

bah

  1. (Manglish, Singlish, rare) Used for emphasis; softens a suggestion.
    I think you should go see a doctor ba.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Exclamatory

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bah

  1. An exclamation of disapproval, contempt or disgust: bah, yuck

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Not well-attested in texts, but of imitative origin nevertheless, similar to bayer (to gape).

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bah

  1. No.
    Bah, bah, bah !
    No, no, no!
  2. An exclamation to fill space, often used as an intensifier; well, err, um
    Synonym: ben
    Tu veux jouer aussi ?Bah, ouais.
    Do you want to play too?Well, yeah.

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Exclamatory

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bah

  1. an exclamation of disgust: yuck, etc.
    Synonyms: igitt, iiih, pfui, üäh

Iban[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Malayic *baah, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *baah, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *baah, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bahaq, from Proto-Austronesian *baSaq.

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Noun[edit]

bah

  1. flood (overflow of water)

Indonesian[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈbah]
  • Hyphenation: bah

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

bah (first-person possessive bahku, second-person possessive bahmu, third-person possessive bahnya)

  1. flood.
    Synonym: banjir
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch bah.

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bah

  1. an exclamation of scorn, disgust, contempt

Etymology 3[edit]

From Malay bah.

Interjection[edit]

bah

  1. an exclamation of intimacy

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Exclamatory

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bah

  1. indicates astonishment, resignation and despise; usually used after noticing or hearing something you don't like or you don't know what to think about, to avoid commenting or giving an answer to a question

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References[edit]

  1. ^ bah in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Further reading[edit]

  • bah in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Malay[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Malayic *baah, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *baah, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *baah, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bahaq, from Proto-Austronesian *baSaq.

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Noun[edit]

bah (Jawi spellingبه⁩, plural bah-bah)

  1. flood (overflow of water)
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  • Indonesian: bah

Etymology 2[edit]

Shortened form of abah, from Proto-Malayic *aba-h, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *aba-h, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *aba-h, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *aba, from Proto-Austronesian *aba.

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Noun[edit]

bah (Jawi spellingبه⁩)

  1. Alternative form of abah

Etymology 3[edit]

Shortened form of babah, from baba, variant of bapa.

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bah (Jawi spellingبه⁩)

  1. Alternative form of bapa

Etymology 4[edit]

Abbreviation of bahasa, from Sanskrit भाषा (bhāṣā, language).

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Noun[edit]

bah (Jawi spellingبه⁩)

  1. Abbreviation of bahasa.

Etymology 5[edit]

Shortened form of bawah, from Proto-Malayic *babah, from Proto-Malayo-Chamic *babah, from Proto-Malayo-Sumbawan *babah, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *babaq, from Proto-Austronesian *babaq.

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Preposition[edit]

bah (Jawi spellingبه⁩)

  1. Alternative form of bawah

Min Nan[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of bah – see (“meat; flesh”).
(This term, bah, is the Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of ).

Portuguese[edit]

Interjection[edit]

bah!

  1. (Rio Grande do Sul) Alternative form of

Simalungun Batak[edit]

Noun[edit]

bah

  1. water
  2. river

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Latin vāh.

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bah

  1. indicates disdain or unbelief

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Verb[edit]

bah

  1. bet

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