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See also: hoi, hói, hỏi, hơi, hội, Hợi, and hoʻi



Sino-Vietnamese word from (“to return; occurrence classifier; chapter classifier”).




  1. a time, espcially in the past
    hồi trước
    there was a time when; back when
    hồi nhỏ/trẻ
    back when I/you/he/she/we/they was/were (a) child(ren)/young
    • 2005, Nguyễn Ngọc Tư, "Biển người mênh mông" (in Cánh đồng bất tận), Trẻ publishing house
      Ông kể, hồi trẻ, ông toàn sống trên sông, ông có chiếc ghe, hai vợ chồng lang thang xứ nầy xứ nọ.
      He told that, in his youth, he always lived on the river; he had a junk and he and his wife would roam from one place to the other.
  2. (singular) a relatively long occurrence of an action
    Họ nói chuyện một hồi rồi về.
    They talked for a while, then left.
    Lão nói một thôi một hồi không nghỉ.
    He just kept going on and on forever.
  3. (only in fixed expression) an instance of sustained sound, usually of a bell or drum
    hồi trống
    a drum roll
  4. (fiction) Synonym of chương (chapter)
  5. (narratology, especially theater) an act
    Hồi 1, Cảnh 1
    Act 1, Scene 1
    cấu trúc 3 hồi
    the 3-act structure



  1. (literary) to be back in good shape or a calm and collected state of consciousness