chả

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See also: cha, CHA, chá, chà, chā, chǎ, -cha, and -chá

Vietnamese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (“minced and salted fish”; SV: trả).

Noun[edit]

chả (, , , , , 𤌄)

  1. patty (a flattened, grilled or fried portion of ground or chopped meat, egg, or seafood)
  2. (dialectal) Vietnamese pork sausage
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Etymology 2[edit]

Corruption of chẳng.

Adverb[edit]

chả (, , 𠁙, 𤀞)

  1. (informal) not at all
    Tau chả biết.
    I haven't a clue.
    (literally, “I don't know.”)
Usage notes[edit]

Like chẳng, chả is more emphatic than không.

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Etymology 3[edit]

Contraction of cha (dude) + the demonstrative ấy (that) in the southern dialects, with the latter manifested as the hỏi tone after monosyllabification.

Pronoun[edit]

chả

  1. (Southern Vietnam, informal) he/him, that dude