bi

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Clipping of bisexual.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi (not comparable)

  1. (informal) Bisexual.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:bisexual
    Coordinate terms: pan, mono
    I'm straight, but my oldest sister is bi.
Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Mandarin ()

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi (plural bi)

  1. A type of jade disk produced in ancient China.

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Anagrams[edit]


Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A short form of bijë, from archaic bilë ("daughter, girl").

Interjection[edit]

bi

  1. A friendly exclamation to a person (female).
    Fol bi, Dritë!
    Speak, therefore, Dritë!
  2. An exclamation of surprise (to a female person).
    Bi! Po ç'është kjo?
    Girl! What is this?
    Po ç'është kjo, bi?
    What is this, girl?
Related terms[edit]

Basque[edit]

Basque numbers (edit)
20
 ←  1 2 3  → 
    Cardinal: bi
    Ordinal: bigarren
    Multiplier: bikoitz
    Fractional: erdi

Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

bi

  1. two

Declension[edit]


Bislama[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English bee.

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. bee

Bura[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

  1. bin for grain storage

References[edit]


Danish[edit]

Danish Wikipedia has articles on:
bi and Bier
Wikipedia daWikipedia da

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse , from Proto-Germanic *bijō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰī-.

Noun[edit]

bi c (singular definite bien, plural indefinite bier)

  1. bee
Inflection[edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Middle Low German , from Proto-Germanic *bi (near, around). Related to English by and German bei

Adverb[edit]

bi

  1. by
Usage notes[edit]
  • Only in certain fixed phrases that are borrowed from German, like stå bi (German beistehen).

Etymology 3[edit]

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb[edit]

bi

  1. imperative of bie

Dongxiang[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Mongolic *bi (I), compare Mongolian би (bi).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

bi (Xiaojing spelling بی‎)

  1. I (first-person singular personal pronoun)

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Clipping of biseksueel.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi (invariable, comparative meer bi, superlative meest bi)

  1. (colloquial) bisexual

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbi/, [ˈbi]
  • IPA(key): /ˈbiː/, [ˈbiː]
  • Rhymes: -i
  • Syllabification: bi

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. (colloquial) bi (bisexual)

Declension[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From bissexuel, or possibly directly from English bi

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi m or f (plural bis)

  1. bi, bisexual person

Adjective[edit]

bi (invariable)

  1. bi, bisexual

Further reading[edit]


German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi (not comparable)

  1. (informal) bi

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

bi

  1. Romanization of 𐌱𐌹

Guerrero Amuzgo[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi

  1. green

Isthmus Zapotec[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. wind

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin (the name of the letter B).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bi/
  • Rhymes: -i
  • Hyphenation:

Noun[edit]

bi f (invariable)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.; bee

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Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

bi

  1. Rōmaji transcription of
  2. Rōmaji transcription of

Kalasha[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit बीज (bīja), from Proto-Indo-Iranian *bíHȷ́am. Cognate with Konkani बी () and Parachi bīz (seed-corn).

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. a seed
  2. semen
  3. moth larva

Related terms[edit]


Kaure[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. water

References[edit]

  • C. L. Voorhoeve, 1975. Languages of Irian Jaya Checklist, Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, p.108
  • Bill Palmer, editor (2018) The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide, Padua: De Gruyter Mouton, OCLC 1050042990, page 457

Kurdish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

bi

  1. by
  2. with

Low German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Saxon , from Proto-Germanic *bi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

bi

  1. at, with
    Bi us is dat ümmer Feest.
    With us it's always a party.
  2. by
    Wi wahnt in en Huus bi de Meer.
    I live in a house by the lake.
  3. around, about (often in combination with üm)
    Dat weer üm bi so'n twintig Johr vör.
    It was about twenty years ago.

Inflection[edit]

Adverb[edit]

bi

  1. alongside, with
  2. in order to adjust or improve

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

bi

  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.

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch bi, from Proto-Germanic *bi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

bi

  1. by, near, around
  2. beside, alongside
  3. at, with
  4. among
  5. during
  6. by (the work of)
  7. because of

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: bij
  • Limburgish: bie

Adverb[edit]

bi

  1. by, near, around

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • bi (I)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • bi (II)”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “bi”, in Middelniederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English bi, from Proto-Germanic *bi.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

bi

  1. by
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      And I seide, “Ser, in his tyme maister Ioon Wiclef was holden of ful many men the grettis clerk that thei knewen lyuynge vpon erthe. And therwith he was named, as I gesse worthili, a passing reuli man and an innocent in al his lyuynge. And herfore grete men of kunnynge and other also drowen myche to him, and comownede ofte with him. And thei sauouriden so his loore that thei wroten it bisili and enforsiden hem to rulen hem theraftir… Maister Ion Aston taughte and wroot acordingli and ful bisili, where and whanne and to whom he myghte, and he vsid it himsilf, I gesse, right perfyghtli vnto his lyues eende. Also Filip of Repintoun whilis he was a chanoun of Leycetre, Nycol Herforde, dane Geffrey of Pikeringe, monke of Biland and a maistir dyuynyte, and Ioon Purueye, and manye other whiche weren holden rightwise men and prudent, taughten and wroten bisili this forseide lore of Wiclef, and conformeden hem therto. And with alle these men I was ofte homli and I comownede with hem long tyme and fele, and so bifore alle othir men I chees wilfulli to be enformed bi hem and of hem, and speciali of Wiclef himsilf, as of the moost vertuous and goodlich wise man that I herde of owhere either knew. And herfore of Wicleef speciali and of these men I toke the lore whiche I haue taughte and purpose to lyue aftir, if God wole, to my lyues ende.”

Descendants[edit]

  • English: by

Mirandese[edit]

Verb[edit]

bi

  1. first-person singular preterite indicative of ber: I saw.
    • 2011, Ana Afonso, L Princepico Chapter 1:
      Quando you tenie seis anhos, bi ua beça ua eimaige mi guapa nun lhibro subre la floresta birge que se chamaba "Stórias Bibidas".
      • 1948 translation by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
        Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest.

North Frisian[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi f

  1. (Mooring) bee

Nzadi[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

  1. we (first-person plural pronoun)

See also[edit]


Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bi.

Preposition[edit]

  1. by, near
  2. at, with

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: bi

Further reading[edit]

  • ”, in Oudnederlands Woordenboek, 2012

Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bi (near, by, around, about), q.v.

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

  1. by, near, around, to, in, at, upon, about, with
  2. of, from, about, touching, concerning
  3. by, for, because of, after, through, according to, in comparison with
  4. beside, out of

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: bi
    • English: by, English: bye

Old High German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bi, whence also Old English bi.

Preposition[edit]

  1. by
  2. at

Descendants[edit]


Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bi, whence also Old English bi.

Preposition[edit]

  1. by, near, to
  2. beside

Descendants[edit]


Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi (plural bi, comparable)

  1. bisexual (sexually attracted to persons of either sex)

Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi m, f (plural bis)

  1. bisexual (bisexual person)

Synonyms[edit]


Scots[edit]

Preposition[edit]

bi

  1. by

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish (imperative singular of at·tá), from Proto-Celtic *buyeti, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH-

Verb[edit]

bi (past bha, future bidh, verbal noun bhith)

  1. be, exist

Inflection[edit]

Infinitive a bhith
Imperative bi
Present participle a' bhith
Past participle air a bhith
Present tense Past tense Future tense Conditional
Basic form tha bha bidh/bithidh bhithinn/bhiodh/bhiomaid
Dependent form bheil robh bi bithinn/biodh/biomaid
Impersonal form thathar bhathar bithear bhiteadh/bhite

Related terms[edit]

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
bi bhi
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • bi” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Verb[edit]

bi

  1. second-person singular aorist of biti
    On bi tamo jučer. (archaic)
    He was there yesterday.
  2. third-person singular aorist of biti
    On bi u školi tad. (archaic)
    She was at school then.
  3. (colloquial, conditional) aorist of biti; would
    Ja bi također išao da mogu.I would go as well if I could.
    Je li bi htio ići s nama?Would you like to go with us?
    Ivana bi htjela ići s nama.Ivana would like to go with us.
    Mi/Oni bi voljeli jednog dana posjetiti Japan.We/They would like to visit Japan one day.
    Voljeli bi jednog dana posjetiti Japan.We/They would like to visit Japan one day.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In colloquial Serbo-Croatian, bi is commonly used in place of other aorist forms when forming conditional of biti in both singular and plural if the subject is deducible from context (usually from the conjugated form of the verb). That is, bi is a shared shorthand for bih, bismo, biste and biše.

Solon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Tungusic *bi. Cognate with Evenki би (bi), Manchu ᠪᡳ (bi).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

bi

  1. I

Southern Ndebele[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-bí, from Proto-Bantu *-bɪ́ɪ̀.

Adjective[edit]

-bí

  1. bad
  2. evil
  3. ugly

Inflection[edit]

This adjective needs an inflection-table template.


Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi (invariable)

  1. bi (bisexual)

Swazi[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-bí, from Proto-Bantu *-bɪ́ɪ̀.

Adjective[edit]

-bí

  1. bad
  2. evil
  3. ugly

Inflection[edit]

Adjective concord, tone H
Modifier Copulative
1st singular lengimubi ngimubi
2nd singular lomubi umubi
1st plural lesibabi sibabi
2nd plural lenibabi nibabi
Class 1 lomubi mubi
Class 2 lababi babi
Class 3 lomubi mubi
Class 4 lemibi mibi
Class 5 lelibi libi
Class 6 lamabi mabi
Class 7 lesibi sibi
Class 8 letimbi timbi
Class 9 lembi imbi
Class 10 letimbi timbi
Class 11 lolubi lubi
Class 14 lobubi bubi
Class 15 lokubi kubi
Class 17 lokubi kubi

Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Swedish , , from Old Norse , from Proto-Germanic *bijō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰī-.

Noun[edit]

bi n

  1. bee
Usage notes[edit]
  • More rare spellings of the definite forms are bit/bits (singular) and bien/biens (plural). However, the spellings in the inflection box are the most common.
Declension[edit]
Declension of bi 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative bi biet bin bina
Genitive bis biets bins binas

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bi

  1. (informal) bisexual

Etymology 3[edit]

Adverb[edit]

bi (not comparable)

  1. (in some fixed expressions) by
Related terms[edit]

Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English bee.

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. bee

Turkish[edit]

Numeral[edit]

bi

  1. Contraction of bir.

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bille.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier cục, hòn, viên) bi

  1. a marble (spherical ball)
    bắn bi
    to shoot marbles
  2. (billiards, snooker) a ball
    bi cái
    a cue ball
  3. (slang) a ball (testicle)
    Á! Dập bi tao rồi!
    Ow! Mah bawlls pahpped!

Derived terms[edit]


Volapük[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

bi

  1. because

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi f (plural biau)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.

Mutation[edit]

This word cannot be mutated.

See also[edit]


Xhosa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-bí, from Proto-Bantu *-bɪ́ɪ̀.

Adjective[edit]

-bí

  1. bad
  2. evil
  3. ugly

Inflection[edit]

Adjective concord, tone H
Modifier Copulative
positive negative positive negative
1st singular endimbi endingembi ndimbi andimbi
2nd singular ombi ongembi umbi awumbi
1st plural esibabi esingebabi sibabi asibabi
2nd plural enibabi eningebabi nibabi anibabi
Class 1 ombi ongembi mbi akambi
Class 2 ababi abangebabi babi abababi
Class 3 ombi ongembi mbi awumbi
Class 4 emibi engemibi mibi ayimibi
Class 5 elibi elingelibi libi alilibi
Class 6 amabi angemabi mabi awamabi
Class 7 esibi esingesibi sibi asisibi
Class 8 ezimbi ezingezimbi zimbi azizimbi
Class 9 embi engembi imbi ayiyimbi
Class 10 ezimbi ezingezimbi zimbi azizimbi
Class 11 olubi olungelubi lubi alulubi
Class 14 obubi obungebubi bubi abububi
Class 15 okubi okungekubi kubi akukubi
Class 17 okubi okungekubi kubi akukubi

Zaghawa[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. water

References[edit]

  • Ehret, Christopher (2001) A Historical-Comparative Reconstruction of Nilo-Saharan (SUGIA, Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika: Beihefte; 12)‎[1], Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, →ISBN.

Zhuang[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Tai *piːᴬ (year). Cognate with Thai ปี (bpii), Northern Thai ᨸᩦ, Lao ປີ (), ᦔᦲ (ṗii), Shan ပီ (pǐi), Tai Nüa ᥙᥤ (pi), Ahom 𑜆𑜣 (pii), Bouyei bil.

Classifier[edit]

bi (old orthography bi, Sawndip forms 𭯌, 𭽨, 𭙂)

  1. year
    Synonym: nienz
  2. year old
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Verb[edit]

bi (old orthography bi)

  1. (intransitive) to swing; to sway; to rock
  2. (transitive) to swing; to rock; to wag
  3. to swing (on a swing)

Zou[edit]

Noun[edit]

bi

  1. thatch

References[edit]


Zulu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Nguni *-bí, from Proto-Bantu *-bɪ́ɪ̀.

Adjective[edit]

-bí

  1. bad
  2. evil
  3. ugly

Inflection[edit]

Adjective concord, tone H
Modifier Copulative
positive negative positive negative
1st singular engimubi engingemubi ngimubi angimubi
2nd singular omubi ongemubi umubi awumubi
1st plural esibabi esingebabi sibabi asibabi
2nd plural enibabi eningebabi nibabi anibabi
Class 1 omubi ongemubi mubi akamubi
Class 2 ababi abangebabi babi abababi
Class 3 omubi ongemubi mubi awumubi
Class 4 emibi engemibi mibi ayimibi
Class 5 elibi elingelibi libi alilibi
Class 6 amabi angemabi mabi awamabi
Class 7 esibi esingesibi sibi asisibi
Class 8 ezimbi ezingezimbi zimbi azizimbi
Class 9 embi engembi, engeyimbi imbi, yimbi ayiyimbi
Class 10 ezimbi ezingezimbi zimbi azizimbi
Class 11 olubi olungelubi lubi alulubi
Class 14 obubi obungebubi bubi abububi
Class 15 okubi okungekubi kubi akukubi
Class 17 okubi okungekubi kubi akukubi

Derived terms[edit]