guaio

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *wai (expression of grief)[1]. Alternatively from Ancient Greek οὐαί (ouaí), from the verse in Revelation 8:13. Compare English woe, German Weh, Latin vae.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡwa.jo/
  • Hyphenation: guà‧io

Noun[edit]

guaio m (plural guai)

  1. (archaic, chiefly in the plural) lament, lamentation, cry
  2. (archaic, by extension) hardship, misfortune
  3. (by extension) trouble, difficulty, mess, pickle, fix, woe, jam
    Io non ho guai.I do not have problems.
    Siamo nei guai.We're in trouble.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ guaio in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana