haai

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Afrikaans[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch haai, from Middle Dutch haeye.

Noun[edit]

haai (plural haaie)

  1. A shark.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare English hi.

Interjection[edit]

haai

  1. hi, hello

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɦaːi̯/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: haai
  • Rhymes: -aːi̯

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch haeye, from Old Norse há- (shark), with the /j/ appearing influenced by the declined forms /hajə(n)/. Probably from Proto-Germanic *hanh-u-, related to *hakô (hook), referring to the shark's back fin.[1] Cognate with Swedish haj, and German Hai.

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Noun[edit]

haai m (plural haaien, diminutive haaitje n)

Caribische rifhaai
Caribbean Reef Shark
  1. A shark, fish of the superorder Selachimorpha (sometimes also including certain extinct shark-like members of the Elasmobranchii outside this superorder)
  2. A ruthless person.
  3. A greedy person.
Derived terms[edit]

- shark types and species:

Descendants[edit]
  • Afrikaans: haai
  • German: Hai
  • West Frisian: haai

Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

haai m (plural haaien, diminutive haaitje n)

  1. A tilted angle or strip.
  2. A blink, instant.

Etymology 3[edit]

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criminal slang

Adjective[edit]

haai (comparative haaier, superlative haaist)

  1. big, strong, firm; redoubted.
  2. smart, clever, crafty.
  3. fine, good.
Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ haai; in: M. Philippa e.a., "Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands"

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

haai c (plural haaien, diminutive haaike)

  1. shark

Derived terms[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • haai (I)”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011