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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French gai (like English jay), from Late Latin gaius ‎(jay), plausibly echoic and supposedly influenced by the Roman common given name Gaius (=Caius, which in turn has been hypothetically derived from gaudeō, gaudēre ‎(rejoice) or from gaius ‎(jay), while the French may well derive from gai ‎(lively, jolly), itself of Germanic origin.


gaai m ‎(plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n)

  1. (zoology) The jaybird, Garrulus glandarinus, a woodland corvine species

Etymology 2[edit]

A parallel form of papagaai ‎(parrot), by popular etymology confused with etymology 1, but actually from Middle Dutch papagoie, papegoie, from Arabic بَبَّغَاء ‎(babbaḡāʾ) and Persian بپغا ‎(bapğâ), of uncertain origin.


gaai m ‎(plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n)

  1. A wooden, somewhat bird-shaped target, often ornamented with bright plumes, used in archery competitions
  2. The high wooden stake or tower the above is mounted on
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Etymology 3[edit]

Germanic, a parallel form of gade ‎(spouse) (cognate with German Gatte).


gaai f ‎(plural gaaien, diminutive gaaitje n or gaaike n)

  1. (uncommon) A female spouse, notably (and mostly used in the diminutive):
    1. a female bird
    2. a female fish
    3. (humorous) a human mistress or wife