gái

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See also: gai, Gai, gài, gãi, gāi, gǎi, and ga'i

Noone[edit]

Verb[edit]

gái

  1. say

References[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (North Central Vietnam) gấy

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Vietic *-keːʔ (woman; female); compare cái.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gái (𡛔)

  1. (collective) girls and women
  2. (collective, informal, colloquial) whores

Adjective[edit]

gái

  1. (only in fixed expressions, of people) female
    Synonym: nữ
    chị gáian older sister
    em gáia younger sister
    con gáia daughter / girl
    cháu gáia granddaughter / a niece
    bác gáia parent's older sister / a woman older than one's parents
    bạn gáia young female friend / a girlfriend
    Bác gái có nhà không ạ?
    Is she (a woman older than my parents) home?
  2. wife of, Mrs (when used after a pronoun or noun denoting a male person)
    • 2005, Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, "Biển người mênh mông" (in Cánh đồng bất tận), Trẻ publishing house
      Phi hỏi, "Vậy bác Sáu gái đâu rồi ?"
      Phi asked, "Where did Mrs Sáu go then?"

Usage notes[edit]

  • Gender-neutral terms like bác and con can be followed by trai or gái to clarify the gender of the person referred to.

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Derived terms